Employment update: bullying not so fashionable

By Murray Procter and Carly Traeger

A recent win for a bullied employee of the Sussan retail chain in the Supreme Court of Queensland shows that it has never been more important for employers to ensure that frontline managers are adequately trained to respond appropriately to workplace bullying complaints.

Together with the introduction of the anti-bullying jurisdiction of the Fair Work Commission, existing statutory and contractual obligations about health and safety provide solid platforms for employees to obtain redress for bullying.

In Keegan v Sussan Corporation (Aust.) Pty Ltd, the employee, Ms Keegan, alleged that she had suffered a psychiatric injury as a result of bullying and harassment by her supervisor during 11 working days, after she had returned from maternity leave…

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