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Career and Workplace Counselling – What Does Not Constitute Workplace Bullying and Harassment – A Judges Findings

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Learn what does not constitute Workplace Bullying and Harrassment... A judges determination

Learn what does not constitute Workplace Bullying and Harassment… A judges determination

 

This morning one came across an interesting article (Man who claimed boss dubbed ‘Mr Stinky’ would ‘lift his bum and fart’ on him loses $1.8 million case) by Frank Chung of the Sun.com.au who reported on the outcome of a claimant who bought forward a case for Psychiatric and Physical Illness and Bullying against his former employer.

As a Counsellor and Career Development Specialist one frequently speaks with clients about bullying in the workplace, that is to help clients define the term, to listen in order to facilitate the client in expressing, processing and healing their experience(s).

In this case a claimant Mr. David Hinsgt, presented a case for psychiatric and physical injuries as a result of been bullied in the workplace.  That is, he alleged his former supervisor, Mr. Greg Short, regularly farted in a confined space near him; which Mr. Hingst found highly offensive.

The article goes on to state the claimant regularly received phone calls for 5 to 6 weeks prior to his termination about his performance, in which he was verbally abused; and in other incidents was aggressively questioned about his sexual preferences.

The judge, Justice Zammitt found that the claimant was an unreliable and unsatisfactory witness.  That if the claimant had not lost his job or been abused over the telephone then this would not be a big issue.  Thus, the article states that because of Mr. Hingst feelings regarding his termination, that he acted in an extreme and unreasonable way – seeking revenge and as such found no depressive or stress related condition as a result.

So, my question to you is do you think Justice Zammit got it right with respect to his ruling?  And what impact do you think the judge’s findings will have on future bullying and harassment cases if a precedent has been set where offensive and inappropriate behaviour is seen as “typical banter or mucking about” in the workforce.

From ones’ perspective, one perceives that if Mr. Hingst sought qualified legal representation, gathered and presented strong evidentiary support as proof of statement of claim in a logical and systematic fashion that it is possible that the outcome would have been different.

Ones concern as a lay person though, is that Justice Zammit’s ruling has now set a precedent for inappropriate, offensive or abusive behaviour in the workplace and that if one was to experience such behaviour in the workplace one would not have a recourse to address the incident(s) or impact on ones physical, psychological or emotional self – legally speaking.

Hmm interesting food for thought.

Author: Katherine J Foster – Career Development Specialist and Counsellor – 14th May 2018

About Author: – Katherine is the Founder of Blu Ripples a specialist Career Counselling and Consulting practice located in Port Stephens NSW.  Katherine is a nationally registered Career Development Specialist and Counsellor; is a Professional Member of the Career Development Association of Australia, Member of the Australian Counselling Association of Australia and Australian Association for Psychological Type. Katherine has worked in private practice since 2003 and prior to that worked in the corporate sector for a period of 12 years predominantly in Human Resources and Administration.


Career Counselling: – Careers – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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How to pull it altogether and make a success of your career

Career Counselling: – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – How to pull it altogether and make a success of your career

Unless I have had the opportunity of meeting you in person or communicating with you via online discussion  I do not know your individual story or where you are in your individual career life cycle however if your career story is anything like mine you have had some good, bad and down right ugly times in your life and career.  There is no judgement, just a hypothesis based on ones’ personal experiences and those of clients one has helped over the years.

So often we get caught up in the shoulds of life and our careers, which basically translates into us placing expectations on ourselves, that we lose sight of are the bare basics; simply put that life and our careers come down to two fundamental aspects – experiences and relationships.  Be it the relationship we have with ourselves and/or others or the experiences we crate or are presented to us in order to grow, develop and evolve as human beings.

Thus, when you look at the purpose of your career it really comes down to simply Read More


Career Counselling: Mental Health in Career Development

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Mental Health Pic

Mental Health in Career Development – Can you help with my research?

I am currently in the process researching and writing a webinar for the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA) NSW Division entitled Mental Health In Career Development.

Did you know the top 3 mental health conditions in Australia are: – Read More


Personality Profiling – DISC Insights (IML) Accreditation

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DISC Insights

Blu Ripples Counselling and Consulting Services is proud to announce that Founder, Katherine Foster has recently obtained a DISC Accreditation through the Institute of Motivational Living and ACER Education Australia.

DISC (IML) is a powerful personality profile system that allows accredited practitioners to administer and analyse a clients personality over a period of time and variable settings.

For More information on DISC or Blu Ripples Psychometric Services including personality profiling please contact Katherine on 1300 300 557.


Blu Ripples @ Newcastle Lake Macquarie Career and Training Expo 2015

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Blu Ripples will be at the 2015 Newcastle Lake Macquarie Career and Training Expo - 21 May 2015

Newcastle Lake Macquarie Career and Training Expo – 21 May 2015

 

Katherine Foster (Blu Ripples Founder) will be participating in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie and Career Expo along with a few local professional colleagues from the Career Development Association of Australia on Thursday 21st May 2015 from 9am to 3.30pm.

For additional information please click onto our Upcoming Events page and click on Newcastle Lake Macquarie Career and Training Expo – 2015 link.

 


Career Counselling (Planning) For DV Survivors Workshop – 2015

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Career Counselling (Planning) DV Surivor - Blu Ripples Research

Blu Ripples Career Counselling (Planning) for DV Survivors Workshop – 2015, Port Stephens, NSW.

Blu Ripples Founder, local Medowie resident Katherine Foster, is proud to announce that Blu Ripples will be implementing a specalist Career Counselling (Planing) Workshop for DV Survivors in 2015.   The innovative program is Read More


MEDOWIE COUNSELLING SERVICES – BLU RIPPLES

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Blu Ripples Counselling Services - Medowie 1300 300 557

Blu Ripples Counselling Services – Medowie 1300300557

 

Over the past 18 months Blu Ripples has provided Read More


Career Development Report – Career Counselling and Career Planning

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Blu Ripples Career Development Report demystifies career confusion, provides meaningful baselines from which strategies can be developed and implemented

 

Are you searching for your ideal career path?

Unsure were to start?

Blu Ripples Career Development Reports and/or Career Counselling sessions can help you find your ideal career path and subsequently move forward in the direction of your dreams.

In essence the Blu Ripples Career Development report provides you with Read More


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