Police challenged to change culture of sexual harassment and workplace bullying

As we have reported, over recent months, the medical and education industry sectors are just two of those in which individuals have pursued claims and spoken up to allege that they have been bullied and sexually harassed at work.  This week, it is the turn of Victoria Police.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) has interviewed nearly 5000 employees of Victoria Police, following allegations of sexual harassment and bullying made by its members and former members.  The report has been one of the largest investigations to date into sexual harassment in any workforce, and its findings are disturbing and profound.

The reputational and economic damage to the police by the allegations was apparent even before the VEOHRC report was released, with the stories of those who came forward as part of the investigations headlining on major news channels and newspapers across Australia.

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