Did you know in Richardson v Oracle Corporation Australia Pty Limited the Federal Court of Australia ordered Oracle to pay $100,000 for pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life to an employee who was sexually harassed at work despite the fact the workplace had paid for Sexual Harassment Awareness training for their employees.
This was because the online training was not up to scratch!
This article highlights what to look for in sexual harassment training and what Ammonite's resources can offer your business as added extras with its online employee Sexual Harassment prevention training.
What to look for in sexual harassment training
It's important before buying sexual harassment training for your staff your management team analyses the training and ensures it is compliant. In the most the most significant development in sexual harassment litigation since the Sex Discrimination Act in 1984 the 2013 case Richardson v Oracle Corporation Australia Pty Limited found that the respondent employer did not take all reasonable steps to prevent the sexual harassment, despite their employees completing online training. This was because the online training package completed by the individual respondent made:
- no reference to the legislative foundation in Australia for the prohibition of sexual harassment;
- no clear statement that sexual harassment is unlawful; and
- no statement that an employer might also be vicariously liable.
What our online Sexual harassment prevention training offers you
- A sexual harassment course that has been carefully researched and compliant with Richardson v Oracle Corporation Australia Pty Limited findings
- Ammonite specialises in developing courses for online, allowing users to complete their training on any device, including a smartphone
- Ammonite's courses comply with Universal Design for Learning principles
- Ammonite is aware of issues with compliance and its system is designed to ensure online courses are valid and authentic every time for every user
- Rich video resources and course materials created in house by our own staff
- Corporate and Trades versions of the course available
Here is an example of one of the videos (2:22) Ammonite's Multimedia designer, Ben Bradford, going through what sexual harassment is:
We care about all businesses
We have created Corporate and Trades versions of the course.
Often training is targeted and designed for large businesses.
Ammonite is a small business with nine employees. When designing the training we carefully analysed Safe Work Australia's (2021) guidance for small businesses, the Australian Human Rights Commission's (2004) requirements for small businesses and guidance for small, medium and large businesses. We understand that both sexual harassment training and a workplace policy are requirements, even for very small businesses are a requirement in Australian law and not having these elements has impacted on small businesses in the past (Cooke v Plauen Holdings; Gilroy v Angelov).
Added extras that can assist small businesses
- Sexual harassment online training package for your staff
- A checklist for your senior management team to ensure your business is compliant across sexual harassment requirements
- A draft sexual harassment policy for your small business
Want to learn more?
Contact our friendly team who can take you through the resources.
Australian Human Rights Commission. (2004). Sexual Harassment (A Code in Practice) - Guidelines for small business. https://humanrights.gov.au/our-work/sexual-harassment-code-practice-guidelines-small-business.
Australian Human Rights Commission. (2004). Ending workplace sexual harassment: A resource for small, medium and large employers. https://humanrights.gov.au/our-work/sex-discrimination/publications/ending-workplace-sexual-harassment-resource-small-medium.
Castles, M., Hvala, T., & Pender, K. (2021). Rethinking Richardson: Sexual Harassment Damages in the# MeToo Era. Federal Law Review, 0067205X21993146.
Cooke v Plauen Holdings (2001) FMCA 91.
Gilroy v Angelov (2000) 181 ALR 57.
Richardson v Oracle Corporation Australia Pty Limited (2013) FCA 102 .
Safe Work Australia. (2021). Preventing workplace sexual harassment – guidance for small business. https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/doc/preventing-workplace-sexual-harassment-guidance-small-business.