Friday, 26 October 2018 10:57

Making gender equality real in Victoria

For more than 40 years the Commission has been helping Victorian employers and employees strive towards more inclusive workplaces where the contributions of women and men are valued and recognised equally.

The figures released today by the Australian Human Rights Commission that show sexual harassment continues to be a major problem in workplaces should be a concern for us all.

by Kristen Hilton, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner

Each year on International Women's Day, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission expresses our profound concern about sexual harassment in Victoria's workplaces. This year, at least, the issue needs no introduction. Day after day, sexual misconduct scandals have consumed our front pages. This is progress. But I'm here to press for more.

Monday, 26 February 2018 11:30

Sexual harassment at work hasn't gone away

Twenty-two years ago the Commission published a series of award-winning posters about sexual harassment, created by advertising agency McCann-Erikson.

Friday, 16 February 2018 16:07

Victorian Commissioner on Q&A MeToo Special

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton appeared as an audience VIP for Q&A’s MeToo Special on Thursday 15 February.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 15:58

Sexual harassment complaints on the rise

The Commission has seen an increase in enquiries and complaints regarding sexual harassment, particularly from young women. This may well be a result of continued media attention on the issue prompting women to speak up and contact us.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission today welcomed the Supreme Court ruling that will allow the release of the Independent Equity and Diversity Review of Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB).

With the festive season upon us, employers are encouraged to remind staff that Christmas parties are work functions and sexual harassment is against the law and not acceptable. 

The Commission has provided a submission to the Department of Justice and Regulation’s consultation on the Victoria Police Restorative Engagement and Redress Scheme.

While the headline 'Sex cases soar' may not seem like for good news for Victoria Police, the rise in complaints is an indication that more women members are speaking up about their mistreatment and that is absolutely a step in the right direction. 

With the festive season approaching, employers are encouraged to remind employees that the office Christmas or end-of-year party is a work function and sexual harassment is not acceptable.

The Commission sends Maryanne Diamond AO, Accessibility Activist, warm congratulations on being a state finalist for Australian of the Year 2017.

The first week of 2016 is yet to draw to a close but we have already seen a spate of inappropriate workplace behaviours which have sex discrimination at their core.

So let's get it out of the way right at the start: the fun police are ruining the country. You can't make a joke about anything any more. The do-gooders need to get over themselves and have a laugh. And here's my favourite: it was just a harmless joke.

In an effort to curb sexual harassment, US retailer American Apparel is attempting to ban workplace relationship and recently fired founder and CEO, Dov Charney, for alleged misconduct. While it's imperative to take workplace sexual harassment seriously, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kate Jenkins says that having a policy actually banning workplace romances would be culturally unacceptable in Australia.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and Football Federation Victoria have thrown their support behind this year's Pride Football Australia tournament to show there is no place for homophobia in football.

International Women's Day is a day for celebration and a call to action for both men and women. Because equality is not just a "women's issue" – things that are good for women also benefit the whole community.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has today launched a new guideline on sexual harassment in the workplace and has called on employers to ensure they comply with their legal obligations to stamp it out.

The biggest survey into women who work in the law undertaken in recent years shows that women are exiting the legal profession because of systemic discrimination, sexual harassment and cultural and structural factors.

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