A barrage of "thuggish" texts sent by the partner of a worker alleging harassment and bullying did not justify her dismissal, the FWC has found, describing the employer's attempt to vacuum-seal its investigation of her claims as both unreasonable and unrealistic.
The HSU has struck back at a former organiser's age discrimination claim, saying she inappropriately made a secret recording and revealed at a divisional council meeting that she'd call "rape rape rape" if ever left alone with any manager who bullied or intimidated her.
Iraq's Sydney consulate took unlawful adverse action when it refused to renew the contracts of two locally-engaged interpreters who complained to the FWC about bullying and enquired with the FWO about non-payment of entitlements, a court has found.
Woolworths has a week to respond to draft orders requiring it to relocate a bullied night filler to its online team, after the FWC factored in her own disrespectful behaviour in finding some risk she will be bullied in the future.
The former acting chief executive of a Northern Territory regional council who accused a manager of upwards bullying and allegedly covertly recorded meetings has hit back at the ASU's adverse action claim, suggesting penalties should instead be levelled against the HR boss.
In a decision meticulously examining notions of bias, a FWC presidential member has declined to recuse himself at the same time as taking a swing at a lawyer arguing he breached a "golden rule" by privately communicating with a party seeking anti-bullying orders.
A retiring presidential FWC member has used his final ruling to deliver a withering character assessment of a law graduate and question the benefit of GPs providing mental health appraisals in cases alleging bullying.
The FWC has rejected a long-serving worker's portrayal of herself as a "victim" of powerful HR forces, finding her displeasure at being asked to account for money raised for a deceased colleague's family led her into serious misconduct.
Observing that "you can only 'lead a horse to water' so many times", the FWC has after nearly a year dismissed what it described as a former university employee's largely incompetent unlawful dismissal claim.