Gifts of jewellery might constitute sexual harassment
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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