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This document is a Letter About Workplace Harassment. A letter like this is used when an employee of a company is being harassed in some way by another employee. The main purpose of this letter is to alert the employer to the harassment, as well as to create a record of the report in case it is later needed.
Unfortunately, workplace harassment in Australia is not uncommon. There are often times that employees are put in uncomfortable situations because someone is harassing them at their workplace. This letter provides a template to make a formal report to their employer, as well as to request that the employer promptly investigate and address the situation.
It is important, in these situations, to have a complete written record of all of the incidents, as well as communication between employee and employer. This will help in case the employee needs to make a legal claim to federal authorities or a court of law down the line.
How to use this document
This document will guide the employee through making a letter report to their employer.
Along with the necessary information, such as name and address information for the parties, this document allows space for the employee to describe what has occurred, and how they want it addressed.
The employee should be as detailed as possible when describing the incidents in order to help the employer understand the severity of the situation. The incident reports should include, when possible, dates, times, what was said or done, and other parties present.
When this letter is complete, it should be printed and signed by the employee. Then, a copy should be kept with the employee and a copy sent to the employer.
Bullying harassment and discrimination are addressed under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Commonwealth).
Employees may also have rights under their employment contract, discrimination policy, employee handbook or other workplace policies, an enterprise agreement or industrial award.
If employees require further information, they should seek legal advice.
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A guide to help you: Harassment at the Workplace: how to Protect yourself
Other names for the document: Letter to report workplace harassment, Letter to complain about workplace harassment, Workplace harassment letter, Employment harassment letter, Letter to employer about Workplace Harassment