Over $1.3 Million Awarded for Harassment in the Construction Industry

A female construction worker subjected to assaults, sexual harassment, bullying and rape threats whilst employed by Winslow Constructors in Melbourne has been awarded a $1.3 million payout by the Victorian Supreme Court.

Kate Matthews was subject to fellow workers threatening her with rape, touching her inappropriately and mocking her about sex toys and sexual acts between August 2008 and July 2010. Whilst Ms Matthews expected a bit of a macho culture when she commenced working in the industry, the serious degree of the harassment left her with several psychiatric conditions, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

This case highlights the need for employers to take complaints of harassment seriously and proactively manage employees.  

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