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Woman sexually harassed at Origin to win compo

A WOMAN who was sexually harassed by fellow workers on an Origin worksite west of Roma has had her appeal for compensation approved by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.

The woman, who worked as a security guard for MSS Security at the Spring Gully and Taloona camp sites, argued that she had been sexually harassed by work colleagues and was then told by her superiors to not report these problems, among other issues.

As the appellant, the woman submitted to the commission that one of her co-workers told her he wanted to "take you back to my room and f*** you all day".

In their judgment, Industrial Commissioner Fisher found these comments were deliberate in nature and intended to be offensive.

"She could be left in no doubt to whom the comments were directed," the report said.

"The comments made by (name removed) contained sexual references, were unwanted and inappropriate."

The woman said when she approached her supervisor for support, he said she couldn't expect anything different based on how she looked.

"The appellant told (the supervisor) what (name removed) had said on both 18 and 19 April 2014," the submission said.

"(The supervisor) said words to the effect: "What do you expect? You're an attractive looking woman with blonde hair and big boobs."

Co-workers were also said to have joked about pouring melted chocolate over the appellant's body and rubbing it in, which IC Fisher said was not just banter between co-workers as the regulator had submitted.

"The comment was offensive and humiliating and also meets the description of being unwanted, inappropriate and sexually explicit," he said.

"In the circumstances, I am satisfied that her injury did not arise out of or in the course of reasonable management action taken in a reasonable way," IC Fisher said.

The woman can now make a claim for compensation.

Topics:  origin energy roma security sexual harassment


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