Yesterday we received a sickening story from a bullied worker who, rightly, complained to WorkSafe about the bullying experienced at her workplace. The WorkSafe OHS inspector’s own behaviour, however, was truly frightening, hostile and nothing short of bullying!
WorkSafe OHS inspector hostile & inappropriate investigation into bullying
I made a complaint to workSafe about bullying in my workplace. The workSafe OH and S inspector called me this morning to tell me that my employer’s behaviour towards me and other employees was “bad manners”, not bullying.
The [popup url=’ http://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/wsinternet/WorkSafe/Home/Safety+and+Prevention/Health+And+Safety+Topics/Bullying/What+is+bullying/’]workSafe definition of bullying[/popup] is “repeated, unreasonable behaviour”.
Luckily I was not stapled to the wall or set on fire, but nonetheless my employer’s actions were repeated and unreasonable and well documented.
Her attitude was quite hostile and she would not really listen to my explanations. She constantly interrupted me and talked over me. I asked her to please stop interrupting me and attempted to give more information. I tried to explain that there were many other incidents that I had in writing and that the complaint form did not allow enough room for me to explain in detail about how these incidents related to me.
I will be sending her further information including email proof of further discrimination and threats of dismissal from my employer.
I just can not believe what is happening.
It seems that employers are allowed to behave in any way they like, despite the obvious detrimental effects on employee’s health.