Australia: Sexual Harassment - The $37 Million Question
Last Updated: 21 October 2010

The recent David Jones case has put sexual harassment and corporate governance back in the spotlight for Australian employers. The $37 million claim lodged by an employee against the Company and its former CEO, and the subsequent $850,000 settlement of that claim, has shaken Boards and caused Senior Management to turn their attention to the issue of workplace sexual harassment.

But what remains to be answered is what organisations are doing to avoid, or deal with, instances of sexual harassment – and whether it is in fact enough? There is debate about who should take responsibility for managing sexual harassment within an organisation. What role does organisational policy and culture play? And what are the limits of an employer’s liability for the actions of its staff?

DLA Phillips Fox would like to provide a meaningful contribution to the debate by conducting a study of organisations in Australia in relation to their current equal opportunity/diversity policies and procedures.

Through your involvement in ‘Sexual Harassment - the $37 million dollar question’, we hope to gain further insight into what organisations are currently doing to protect their employees, their brand and ultimately their financial position.

Your contribution to this study will be anonymous, with the findings published in a report. To participate in this important study, please click on the link below.

You will be taken to a short survey which will take 5 minutes to complete. The survey will close at 5pm (EST) on Friday 5 November 2010 .

We hope you will take the time to be involved and we look forward to sharing the results with you.

The Workplace Relations, Employment & Safety Team

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