Insult, Offence and the Draft Human Rights and Anti-discrimination Bill – January 2013

“His workmates nicknamed him “Romeo”, in the true Australian larrikin tradition.

But “Romeo” took offence to their ribbing. He lodged a discrimination claim on the grounds of “lawful sexual activity”. His employer, a small auto-electrician company in rural Victoria, chose to pay thousands of dollars in compensation in a confidential settlement, to avoid the costs of fighting the claim in court.

“Employers are being held to ransom by claims of discriminatory conduct by employees,” says Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce industrial manager Bill Chesterman, who helped negotiate the “go away” payment…”

This article by Natasha Bita in the Courier-Mail, January 2013, quotes Sheila Jeffreys on gender identity and women’s spaces.

Read full article here.