On 9 October 2018 the Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins met with Acting Commissioner Byrne to talk about workplace sexual harassment from a complaint handling perspective.
Acting Commissioner Byrne spoke about the nature and number of sexual harassment complaints the Equal Opportunity Commission had handled in the past few years.
“We have had anti-sexual harassment laws in place for the last 34 years, however it continues to be a problem for WA workplaces,” he said.
Following her meeting with Dr Byrne, Ms Jenkins held a consultation in the Equal Opportunity Commission’s seminar room to discuss with industry representatives what they felt were the biggest issues around combatting workplace sexual harassment.
Such consultations are a critical part of the Sex Discrimination Commissioner’s national inquiry into workplace sexual harassment and will inform the recommendations in the final report to be released in the second half of 2019.