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Manager's "gumby" slur helps seal costs award

The FWC has ordered costs against a worker held to have called a colleague "Gumby", "Dumbo" and "Homer" while on a "connived power trip", finding he could have achieved his bid to clear his name by accepting a generous settlement offer.

"Collateral damage" HR manager launches adverse action case

A HR manager who won anti-bullying orders after becoming "collateral damage" in her employers' marital dispute has launched a Federal Court adverse action case, claiming it dismissed her for complaining and seeking advice about weekend work and "stress leave".

FWC sends off National Rugby League referee

A National Rugby League referee has failed to make it onto the field to contest his general protections claim, after the FWC ruled that the employer did not dismiss him, but that his "maximum-term" 12-month contract expired.

"Inflexible" HR manager fails to win anti-bully orders

A HR manager who complained of "manhandling" and victim-blaming has failed to obtain anti-bullying orders against a school leadership team, after the FWC found she took an inflexible approach and refused to follow reasonable directions.


Contractor claims trade group breached workplace rights

An independent contractor is in an adverse action case accusing the Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry of openly terminating her consultancy agreement because she took bullying complaints against its chair to the FWC.

FWC approves use of failed bullying case material in court matter

A FWC presidential member has over the objections of an ASX-listed company permitted a portfolio manager to use confidential material from his failed bullying matter in a Federal Court adverse action case brought against his former employer.

Bullying ruling exposes flaws on both sides

In an "unusual" case against a senior HR officer and an operations manager accused of bullying an area manager who "over-reacted" to a restructure, the FWC says it will close the matter if all agree to a host of recommendations or it will seek more evidence to continue the case.

FWC rebuffs employer bid for "bullied" worker's medical records

The FWC has refused to order a worker's general practitioner to hand over medical records as it considers her anti-bullying case, noting that even if the information is relevant, requiring it might have a "harmful impact" on her health and wellbeing.

Employer's inaction can provide basis for adverse action: Court

A court has struck out pleadings by an ASX-listed investment company's portfolio manager that his employer's "privileged" conduct in an FWC conciliation conference breached adverse action provisions, while confirming inaction can also fall foul of them.