Manager to steer clear of workers
The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has ordered that a manager not work in the same location as two workers to stop the bullying of the workers.
Two workers from the same company lodged separate stop bullying applications to the FWC in June. The FWC decided to hear the applications together.
The workers alleged the manager’s behaviour included belittling conduct; swearing, yelling and use of otherwise inappropriate language; daily interfering and undermining the applicants’ work; physical intimidation and “slamming” of objects on the applicants’ desks; attempts to incite the applicants to victimise other staff members; and threats of violence.
The FWC found that the manager had bullied the workers. Although the manager now works at a different location for a related business, she had been seconded back to the business where the bullying had taken place. But the two victims were off work on workers compensation.
The FWC has ordered that the two workers and the manager not approach each other and that they not attend each other’s business premises. Also, the manager only continues her secondment in the absence of one or both of the applicants being fit to resume work and the employer is responsible for ensuring the safe return to work of the workers.
The employer has also been ordered to establish and implement anti-bullying policies, procedures and training.
The orders remain in force for two years from 15 August.
The identities of all parties remain confidential.
For more details, visit the stop bullying order
Published on 13 August 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter