In another “when will they ever learn” example, a Sunshine Coast employer has been hit with a 6 figure payout for the consequences of failing to investigate workplace bullying – burying your head in the sand is now a costly option.
After multiple failures from senior staff members and a general disregard for the basic tenets of a workplace investigation, this incredibly costly mistake contains some harsh realities for employers.
On January 1 2014, unprecedented workplace bullying legislation will come into force.
Employers will need to ensure that they know how to correctly characterise and investigate workplace bullying in order to avoid experiencing the disappointment of one recent employer who’s investigation ended up in an expensive wild goose chase.
Facing an unfair dismissal claim over a panicked reaction to an apparent bullying claim, this case contains a dire warning for employers – correctly investigate workplace complaints or else.