Sacked female exec mounts $9m bullying law suit
Mon, 20 Jun 2011 4:57p.m.
Former head of women’s underwear at Australia’s Pacific Brands, Sally Berkeley, says her redundancy was a sham, her dismissal unlawful, and alleges she was in fact sacked for requesting a pay rise and standing up to bullying.
Ms Berkeley, who has launched a multi-million dollar unlawful dismissal case, alleges she “experienced and was subjected to bullying and unacceptable behaviour” from underwear general manager Ross Taylor, including two instances of “being verbally abused” for being late to a meeting.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Ms Berkeley was made redundant by Pacific Brands in early December and sacked before Christmas, after allegedly copying confidential documents from her laptop.
But Ms Berkeley denies deliberately copying confidential documents and alleges she was sacked for requesting a pay rise when she was promoted and for ''standing up to the bullying conduct of Mr Taylor''.
She’s seeking AU$8.95 million, including more than AU$8.3 million for ''anticipated future economic loss'' and AU$500,000 for ''dislocation of life, pain and suffering, stress, humiliation and loss of professional reputation''.
A spokesman for Pacific Brands, a company that boasts a superior record in the employment of women in senior positions, says Ms Berkeley’s claims were fully investigated before she was sacked and were found not to have any substance.
The case has been scheduled for a directions hearing in Melbourne on July 22.
Ms Berkeley will be represented by renowned law firm Harmers Workplace, who ran a AU$37 million sexual harassment claim last year brought by publicist, Kirsty Fraser-Kirk, against David Jones and its former chief executive Mark McInnes.
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23/06/2012 2:49:16 p.m.
I'm not into politics to much but this kind of corruption and government one can only have in Australia. I know people who moved overseas because of Howards racist policies and couldn't wait Labor to take over. But it was NSW Labor that moved to Canberra. Everything s that's going on is their responsibility.
14/06/2012 2:53:44 p.m.
hate labor party wrote:
I love my country. I love NZ. How lucky we are.
31/05/2012 3:15:11 p.m.
yesterdays Canberra PQT was a shame day for Australia. Whats going on in there is just unacceptable. Labor Party is gang of criminals, nothing else
25/05/2012 6:40:11 p.m.
re Lili wrote:
Fair enough But if u live there? Who would help?
21/05/2012 3:25:29 p.m.
lili m wrote:
Can't stand complains and complains. Everyone know about NSW - don't go there
30/04/2012 1:42:28 p.m.
just a comment wrote:
Australia’s appalling human rights - some have everything, some nothing. Now all the bad guys are in Canberra. hmmm
22/04/2012 7:36:57 p.m.
White Horse wrote:
The last election nearly turned Julia Gillard into the country's first PM to lose a battle for re-election in more than 25 years. If Milliband and NSW Faceless Man didn’t get in the way she would be long gone. But NSW corruption has spread to Canberra and the same people are doing the same crimes. The chosen have access to everything; the court, jury, ‘justice’ compensation. The rest are abused and robbed and once complained nobody would take them seriously with the media ignoring their tragic stories. However, racism started long ago with Howard being very tolerant towards the crimes against minorities. It’s not just Gillard that’s appalling
9/04/2012 3:05:13 p.m.
bad news wrote:
Howard lost d last election thanx to Carr-Debus - NSW Labor Party. And now he had join d forces with d same people responsible for his collapse. Responsible for everything that's wrong with our country. Howard really can't see this country moving forward and his party taking over. Strange man, glad he's gone.
3/04/2012 3:26:00 a.m.
RE; HOW LUCKY WE ARE? wrote:
Things are realy bad in NSW and with NSW Labor moving to Canberra entire country is in danger. If Federal Police wont investigate crimes of this nature - than we need brand NEW federal police.
27/03/2012 2:17:32 p.m.
I just didn't know how lucky we are in Western Australia. Premier Barnett we love you
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