The NTEU and Murdoch University's former head of HR are joining forces to sue the tertiary institution and senior managers including the current vice-chancellor, alleging they bullied and unlawfully dismissed her when she complained about aggressive behaviour and flagged possible IR breaches.
A court has ordered a former HR/OHS coordinator to pay $35,000 in costs after he unreasonably refused substantial offers to resolve an adverse action case against his employer and four managers and made what was "at worst" an extortionate attempt to increase its settlement offer.
A sales manager has lost her bid for an anti-bullying order after the FWC found blurred employee/friend lines helped explain a managing director's otherwise inappropriate comments about her boyfriend and supposed "Barbie doll" appearance.
The pitfalls of self-representation have been highlighted by an FWC full bench that found it would be "futile" to hear a former chief executive's anti-bullying case because his notice of appeal "expressly" indicated he was seeking an unnecessary order.
In a rare case of an FWC member standing themselves down, a commissioner has found that comments she made about the "vexatious" applicants in a discontinued anti-bullying case could lead observers to question her impartiality when considering a counter anti-bullying application by the original respondent.
A one-time star employee's anti-bullying application has been rejected despite acknowledgment of his "devastation" at being placed on successive performance improvement plans he believed resulted from unfair interpretations of his position description.
A major medical practice's former chief executive has had his application for a bullying order against two doctor-directors thrown out by the FWC, which observed that "short of storming the barricades" he had no prospect of ever meeting the threshold requirement of returning to his job.