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Public Sector Informant: Whether in the office or out of hours, workplace harassers can expect no legal leeway

By John Wilson and Kieran Pender
Updated March 7 2022 - 12:17am, first published March 6 2022 - 1:00pm
Since the 1990s at least, it has been clear in law that sexual harassment within the public service is subject to oversight and sanction. Picture: Shutterstock

There is no place, in the public service or otherwise, for workplace harassment. Following heightened public attention on sexual harassment in recent years, the law is catching up. Changes to the Fair Work Act last year, and a recent private sector case, underscore that there is little legal leeway for those who perpetrate work-related sexual harassment, whether in the office or out of hours.

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