A Queensland company paid out $12,500 for what ended up a very expensive doodle after Discrimination Claims took on the case of a young painter.
“Some people think that only women experience sexual harassment,” Miles Heffernan from Discrimination Claims told QN Magazine. “However, men are also targeted. Often though, they are reluctant to speak up because of embarrassment or fear they won’t be believed.”
After unrelenting teasing from two co-workers over his perceived sexuality, a young painter approached Discrimination Claims.
Ben decided he’d had enough after they made a sketch on a dusty window that basically said, ‘Ben loves dick.’
When he complained to his boss about the slur, his employer exacerbated the abuse, telling his young employee, “You just need to bend over and take it.”
Discrimination Claims took on Ben’s case and negotiated $12,500 compensation for hurt and humiliation.
Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that makes a person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated.
A person’s gender does not render them immune to sexual harassment.
Discrimination led to attempted suicide
Previously, Discrimination Claims represented a young male farmworker from North Queensland.
Like Ben, co-workers also subjected him to taunts and offensive graffiti alluding to his perceived sexuality.
Farm management made no attempt to stop the harassment when he brought it to their attention. In a small rural community harassment like this can have serious consequences for the victim.
Sadly, this young worker as driven to the point he attempted suicide.
Afterward, Discrimination Claims negotiated a $32,000 compensation payout.
A survey last year of 10,000 workers by the Australian Human Rights Commission found that 39 percent of women and 26 percent of men had experienced sexual harassment in the past five years.
“I’d encourage anyone subject to similar appalling and unlawful conduct to make a complaint,” said Miles, “Everyone has the right to a safe workplace – whether you’re a man or a woman.”
If you have been subjected to sexual harassment, you may be entitled to compensation.
For help, please call Discrimination Claims on 1300 853 837
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