Responding to a stop bullying or sexual harassment application
Workplace bullying occurs when an individual, or group of individuals, repeatedly behaves unreasonably towards a worker, or group of workers of which the worker is a member, whilst at work, and the bullying behaviour creates a risk to the safety or health of the worker.
Sexual harassment at work occurs when an individual, or group of individuals makes an unwelcome advance, a request for sexual favours or engages in other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature in relation to a worker at work. It occurs in circumstances where a reasonable person would anticipate the possibility of the worker being offended, humiliated or intimidated.
A stop bullying or sexual harassment application is an application made by a worker because the worker reasonably believes that they have been bullied or sexually harassed at work by an individual or group of individuals.
If a worker has filed a stop bullying or a sexual harassment application in the Commission, you will be served with the application by the Registry and you will have an opportunity to contest the application by filing a response.
- If you wish to respond to the application, you must submit your response within 7 days of being served with the application.
- You can submit your response by submitting either:
- If you are unsure of which form you are required to submit, please contact the Registry.
- Failing to submit a response will not prevent the Commission from enquiring into and dealing with the application, but it might prevent the Commission from taking your viewpoint into account when it does.
- Even if you choose not to be involved, a decision might be made against you.
Please refer to the Commission's Fact Sheets for further guidance on proceedings at the Commission.