Legislation protects employees from bullying, harassment

Queensland extends definition of harassment to cover a wide range of behaviours
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 11/01/2004

On June 1, 2004, workers in the Australian state of Queensland will be protected from bullying and workplace harassment through new legislation.

The definition of harassment — which includes unwelcome and unsolicited behaviour that is offensive, intimidating, humiliating or threatening — is intended to cover a wide range of behaviours that can have an adverse impact on the workplace health and safety of workers and other persons.

“Harassing behaviours can range from subtle intimidation to more obvious aggressive tactics,” the government said in an advisory on the new legislation.