Lorna Jane case.
The Lorna Jane case where an employee is suing her employer over bullying claims is currently before a court in Brisbane.
The company’s head of people and culture, Emily Bourke, addressed the media at lunchtime today saying:
“As an employer of more than 2,000 people we take the claims being taken against the company very seriously,”
“We have conducted a through internal investigation and vehemently deny Ms Robinson’s claims.”
“We have workplace policies and procedures in place that very clearly state the company’s position on workplace bullying and harassment and it was not tolerated in any circumstances.”
“This is the first time in the company’s 27-year history that we have been involved in proceedings of this nature.”
It is worth noting that there is a common perception (true or not) that internal investigations may be biased, subject to conflict of interest and favour the employer.
Whether or not it is your first complaint, to ensure a through independent investigation that is not biased investigation or subject to claims of a conflict of interest, it is recommended that the investigations into complaints of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment and discrimination are outsourced to a professional and experienced investigator – we can help http://awpti.com.au/investigations/
The cost of an external investigation will likely be far less than the cost of defending the matter in court.
For more details of the article relating to this case – http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-15/former-lorna-jane-employee-amy-robinson-break-down-in-court/8271576
More details about this case –http://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/02/14/14/04/qld-lorna-jane-bullying-trial-begins?
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