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Queensland Sex Worker Negotiates $20,000 After Being ‘outed’ At Day Job

Queensland sex worker negotiates $20,000 after being ‘outed’ at day job

A Queensland sex worker has negotiated $20,000 compensation after being ‘outed’ at his day job.

The young man’s employer agreed to the payment after admitting his co-worker subjected him to sexual harassment and discrimination.

Industrial advocate Miles Heffernan negotiated the settlement during conciliation in the Industrial Relations Commission recently.

“This young man’s co-worker and manager treated him appallingly,” he said.

“He was inappropriately touched, subjected to homophobic slurs, and taunted about his sex work.

“Additionally, when he complained, the company punished him by refusing to promote him.”

Co-worker found profile online

*Tom worked as a car detailer for the regional Queensland business.

However, in his own time, he also worked as a self-employed sex worker, advertising his services on various online sites.

After a co-worker came across Tom’s profile, the co-worker started calling him a ‘poofter’ at work.

Furthermore, the co-worker constantly tried to touch Tom, and ask him about his genitals.  

He also repeatedly asked Tom to meet up after hours.

When Tom refused the advances and complained to management, the co-worker ‘outed’ him – by telling other staff about Tom’s sex work.

The company suspended the co-worker, who subsequently resigned.

However, when Tom started applying for promotions within the company, management rejected his applications.

Finally, his manager admitted she didn’t promote him as a result of his previous complaint about sexual harassment.

She told Tom she didn’t trust him.

Unlawful discrimination

It is unlawful to discriminate against someone based on their lawful sexual activity, like sex work.

Additionally, it is also unlawful to take adverse action against a worker because they make a complaint about sexual harassment.

“This case is a double-whammy, and the conduct blatant,” Mr Heffernan said.

“This company broke the law by allowing the co-worker to sexually harass Tom.

“And furthermore, it discriminated against him by refusing to promote him because he had made a legitimate complaint about that sexual harassment.”

Industrial Relations Commission

Discrimination Claims fought the case in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.

During conciliation, the company agreed to pay Tom $20,000 compensation for hurt and humiliation.

The company subsequently dismissed the manager involved.

She now faces separate legal action, along with the co-worker responsible for the sexual harassment.

Sexual harassment never okay

“Sexual harassment is never okay, and outing someone at work about their private life is a low dog act,” Mr Heffernan said.

“Employers are vicariously liable for the behaviour of their employees, so therefore, if those employees act unlawfully, then the business will foot the compensation bill.”

*name changed

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