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88% of sexual harassment complaints made
to the Australian Human Rights Commission are workplace
Unwanted and uninvited 'sharing' of sexual explicit
photos and sexy texts and making comments of a sexual
nature, are two forms of sexual harassment.
In a recent decision by the Fair Work Commission, a Cabin
Crew Supervisor on an unnamed airline was accused of sexual
harassment which was primarily directed to female flight
attendants. It took these forms -
- By mobile phone The employee showed sexually
explicit photos and sexy text messages from a crew
member with whom he was having a sexual relationship, to
other flight crew members on several occasions.
- By shouting "I hope you are clean” to the
crew member the day after he began his relationship with
her, in the presence of other flight crew members on the
- By whispering to a female flight attendant,
his ‘ratings’ of female passengers as they boarded the
aircraft: “She’s got great tits” and “She’ll be great in
- By propositioning a female work colleague at
the airline’s Christmas Party: “I really want to have a
threesome with you XXX and YYY (her flatmate). Oh,
sorry, I mean a foursome with ZZZ”.
This behaviour caused the work colleagues to feel
humiliated, uncomfortable and awkward. As one said, he was a
Rejecting protests by the employee that his behaviour was
part of the workplace culture where “nothing is really off
limits, it’s pretty out there…” and that “almost every
flight, the talk would turn into a discussion on sex”, the
Commissioner found that the airline had good reason to
dismiss the employee with immediate effect.
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Is sexual harassment a good reason for an airline to dismiss
a flight crew member?