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Gifts of jewellery might constitute sexual harassment

The Case

Taylor v August and Pemberton Pty Ltd (2023)

A young jewellery store employee lodged a complaint of sexual harassment, claiming she experienced sexual harassment and victimisation from her employer over a 22-month period.

The behaviour that the employee claimed was unwelcome and unsolicited behaviour constituting sexual harassment included:

  • slapping the employee on her bottom;
  • making repeated unwanted declarations of romantic feelings;
  • making comments about the employee’s physical appearance;
  • sending inappropriate messages to the employee;
  • advancing an invitation to enter into a personal relationship;
  • providing gifts of personal jewellery after having expressed feelings for the employee; and
  • continuing to pursue the employee despite knowing she was not interested in having such a relationship.
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