Royal prank DJ sues Southern Cross Austereo
Mel Grieg claims her employer failed to provide a safe workplace after her involvement in last year's royal prank call.PT0M29S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2ppgq 620 349 July 10, 2013
"Royal prank" DJ Mel Greig has taken legal action against her employer, 2Day FM, accusing the station of failing to provide a safe workplace.
Greig – who has been off the air since British nurse Jacintha Saldanha killed herself in December – has filed a claim with the Fair Work Commission.
Ms Saldanha committed suicide after taking a prank phone call from Greig and her 2Day FM co-host Michael Christian, who pretended to be the Queen and Prince Charles, respectively, seeking out information about the Duchess of Cambridge, who was being treated in hospital for morning sickness.
Not a safe workplace ... Mel Greig has filed a complaint against 2Day FM.
Greig's lawyer, Steven Lewis of Slater & Gordon, told Fairfax Media: "I can confirm that a general protections application has been filed with Fair Work Australia on behalf of Mel Greig against Southern Cross Austereo.''
The application alleges Southern Cross Austereo failed to maintain a safe workplace [in relation to the hoax phone call incident]. ''The matter will proceed to confidential conciliation under the Fair Work Act.''
Lewis confirmed Greig is still employed by Austereo and said she will not make any further statement. Austereo has also refused to comment.
While Greig has not returned to work since the tragedy, her co-host Michael Christian resumed his duties earlier this year and was controversially named the network's "top jock" in June.
If Greig and Austereo fail to settle the matter in conciliation, they will head to court.
In April, Greig revealed she would give evidence at the UK inquest into Saldanha's suicide. It is not known if she will appear personally or make a statement via video link.
Greig's legal action comes as Austereo awaits a decision from the Federal Court about the authority of the broadcasting watchdog.
Austereo claims the Australian Communications and Media Authority has no power to determine if it broke the law by recording and broadcasting the hoax phone call without permission.
If the Federal Court finds in ACMA's favour, 2Day FM faces a hefty penalty from the regulator. Its most likely punishment is a licence suspension, meaning the station will be pulled off the airwaves temporarily.
People seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.