3/04/2014 4:39:21 PM
Acting Commissioner Allanah Lucas today expressed concern about the alleged report of the sexual harassment of a woman in her workplace, having had her female genitalia referred to over a two way radio.
The Equal Opportunity Commission receives many complaints from people who experience sexist remarks, harassment and treatment in the workplace, sometimes with devastating results.
“Some workplaces seem to accept overt sexist behaviour amongst staff and treat it as a normal part of work – but this is not acceptable.
“People often act out of ignorance. They do not realise the effect their inexcusable words and behaviour can have on others let alone the law regarding these matters.” said Ms Lucas.
Ms Lucas stressed that changing the culture of a workplace, from one that accepts such offensive behaviour, requires good leadership and commitment to developing a fair and safe workplace for all employees.
“The Equal Opportunity Commission has worked with many organisations and provided appropriate training to assist in the development of sound work place policies and practices.
“I encourage anyone who experiences this type of behaviour to contact the EOC. The Equal Opportunity Act 1984 covers redress for sexual harassment. The Commission assists in resolving issues through conciliation.” said Ms Lucas
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