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Employer found vicariously liable for sexual assault in the workplace
In this segment we discuss a recent case determined by the Fair Work Commission that can really hurt smal to medium business owners, or really any employer for that matter. Here a sexual assault was found to have taken place in the wokrplace, and the employer, whilst not involved in such assault, was found to be held responsible and vicariously liable, and ordered to pay $150,000 in damages. All employers should listen up very closely. We talk about some of the factors that the Fair Work Commission stated contributed to the employer's liability and what the employer could have done differently to minimise or avoid such liability. A few lessons here for all employers.