A recent bullying case presented to the Fair Work Commission involving two employees and a property manager, had the Commission issue an order for both parties to avoid each other at work. The two employees filed separate applications with the Commission about an alleged workplace bullying incident involving the same property manager. The two employees claimed that the bully manager used physical intimidation, belittled the employees, yelled at and used inappropriate language at the work place, among others.
The incident was previously raised to the employer of these bullying victims and the property manager, which reportedly resulted to the manager’s resignation. However, the bully manager was employed at a related company that operated in a different work location. Despite the distance, the Fair Work Commission found that there is a probability that these three may meet or have future interactions. This prompted the Commission to mandate the bully manager not to interact with the two employees or access their profiles, including barring the property manager from entering the workplace while the two employees are at work. The same order was given to the bullying victims. The Commission also said the order will remain in force for 2 years.
The Commission’s mandate may seem a little harsh or even funny to some, but for victims of workplace bullies, this gives them added protection and comfort in knowing that they won’t experience further bullying from the manager. It also allows them to feel more secure in the work place after being subjected to such a negative working environment.
To read more about the case, as well as other mandates the Commission ordered the company to do, click here.