Sexual harassment is any unwelcomed
sexual behaviour that makes a person feel offended, humiliated or
threatened, any unwelcome sexual advance or request of sexual favours
or unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. This can be a single event
or repeated events.
- physical advances ( touching, hugging)
- requesting sexual favours
- questions regarding someone’s personal life
- emails containing sexually explicit or derogatory content.
GCA can help investigate issues
of sexual harassment. Incidents of harassment can impact on the
psychological wellbeing of an employee and can impact on the entire
Bullying, discrimination or
harassment on other grounds such as; disability, race, gender, age,
sexuality, pregnancy and marital status are also covered under South
Australian law. You are encouraged to contact the Equal
Opportunity Commission or phone them on (08) 8207 1977 or for
country callers 1800 188 163.
For employers a workplace free from sexual harassment reduces stress
and staff turnover, increases staff morale and productivity, and
saves you time and money.
The Equal Opportunity Act 1984
(SA), requires you to prevent sexual harassment in your workplace.
If you knew about it happening, or should have known about it, you
must act to stop it and prevent it from happening again.
The Occupational Health, Safety
and Welfare Act 1986 (SA) also requires you to provide a safe workplace,
take care of your staff's physical and psychological well-being
and take steps to recognise, assess and control hazards, including