Timing Is EVERYTHING In The Fight Against Workplace Bullying
High-income professionals and targets of workplace bullying are a vulnerable, unprotected group.
High income professionals are vulnerable because they are unprotected by unfair dismissal legislation and unions
High-income professionals and targets of workplace bullying are vulnerable because they are unprotected by legislation and unions.
Workplace bullying expert and clinical psychologist Dr Sophie Henshaw said that they are often one-pay-check-away-from-broke but also have higher levels of debt to service, making job loss devastating to families.”
“When targeted by a bully, it’s often only a matter of time before employees are fired as “trouble-makers” for complaining, so do keep a cool head and be prepared,” she said.
“Employees earning over $129,800 have exceeded the high income threshold in the Fair Work Act 2009 and can’t apply for unfair dismissal, which they don’t realise until too late.”
“Employees need to use the anti-bullying legislation by completing an application, even if not lodged straight away.”
“This allows them to write their story carefully so it’s clear, concise and convincing, which can be used in an HR complaint, legal case or even as a press release.”
“The importance of preparing is so that employees can file it at a moment’s notice; essential when the company plans an ambush.”
“A common strategy companies use is to call a meeting with less than 24 hours’ notice, where employees are summarily fired.”
Dr Henshaw said that if employees found themselves in that situation, they could:
1. Stall the meeting - and make a dash to the Fair Work Commission to lodge their application before the meeting.
2. Take a tough, level-headed advocate to the meeting who could speak on their behalf, act as a witness and take notes.
3. If fired, they could lodge a general protection with the FWC within 21 days after being fired.
“Employees who lodged an anti-bullying application before they got fired then have evidence they were fired because of bullying.”
“Companies most likely to play dirty tricks are those in the resource and construction industries where the dollar is king and employees are viewed as mere commodities.”
Those who wanted to learn more could attend Dr Henshaw’s “Banish Bullying At Work” seminar.
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