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Is it possible to claim compensation when you are sexually harassed at work?

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Is it possible to claim compensation when you are sexually harassed at work?

Yes, it is possible to claim compensation if you have been sexually harassed at work.

It is possible to make a claim at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) under Equal Opportunity Legislation and it is also possible to make a WorkCover claim. VCAT can make a decision not to hear your claim if it is made more than 12 months after the harassment occurred, so it is important to get legal advice about your rights to claim compensation as soon as possible after the harassment. We can help you with this claim.

A WorkCover claim can be made if you have suffered an injury, such as a psychological injury, as a result of the behaviour. A WorkCover claim for weekly payments can be made if you need time off work and a WorkCover claim can also be made for medical and like expenses such as sessions with your doctor or a psychologist or psychiatrist. We can help you make claim and to advise you under WorkCover legislation.

If you have been sexually harassed at work and you have permanent psychological or other injuries it is also possible to claim common law damages. Any common law claim must be made within 6 years. Because of the time limits that apply it is important to get advice about your rights to compensation as soon as possible. 

Your first consultation is free and without obligation so if you want to know more about your rights make an appointment to talk to Penny and she can give you some more information.

 

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Peninsula Injury lawyers Privacy Policy

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Peninsula Injury lawyers Privacy Policy

Peninsula Injury Lawyers is committed to providing quality services to you and this policy outlines our ongoing obligations to you in respect of how we manage your Personal Information.

We have adopted the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) contained in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the Privacy Act). The NPPs govern the way in which we collect, use, disclose, store, secure and dispose of your Personal Information.

A copy of the Australian Privacy Principles may be obtained from the website of The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner at www.aoic.gov.au

What is Personal Information and why do we collect it?

Personal Information is information or an opinion that identifies an individual. Examples of Personal Information we collect include: names, addresses, email addresses, phone and facsimile numbers.

This Personal Information is obtained in many ways including interviews, correspondence, by telephone and facsimile, by email, via our website www.peninsulainjurylawyers.com.au, from social media sources and publications, from other publicly available sources, and from third parties. We don’t guarantee website links or policy of authorised third parties.

We collect your Personal Information for the primary purpose of providing our services to you, providing information to our clients and marketing. We may also use your Personal Information for secondary purposes closely related to the primary purpose, in circumstances where you would reasonably expect such use or disclosure. You may unsubscribe from our mailing/marketing lists at any time by contacting us in writing.

When we collect Personal Information we will, where appropriate and where possible, explain to you why we are collecting the information and how we plan to use it.

Sensitive Information

Sensitive information is defined in the Privacy Act to include information or opinion about such things as an individual's racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, membership of a political association, religious or philosophical beliefs, membership of a trade union or other professional body, criminal record or health information.

Sensitive information will be used by us only:

  • For the primary purpose for which it was obtained
  • For a secondary purpose that is directly related to the primary purpose
  • With your consent; or where required or authorised by law.
  • Third Parties

    Where reasonable and practicable to do so, we will collect your Personal Information only from you. However, in some circumstances we may be provided with information by third parties. In such a case we will take reasonable steps to ensure that you are made aware of the information provided to us by the third party.

    Disclosure of Personal Information

    Your Personal Information may be disclosed in a number of circumstances including the following:

  • Third parties where you consent to the use or disclosure; and
  • Where required or authorised by law.
  • Security of Personal Information

    Your Personal Information is stored in a manner that reasonably protects it from misuse and loss and from unauthorized access, modification or disclosure.

    When your Personal Information is no longer needed for the purpose for which it was obtained, we will take reasonable steps to destroy or permanently de-identify your Personal Information. However, most of the Personal Information is or will be stored in client files which will be kept by us for a minimum of 7 years.

    Access to your Personal Information

    You may access the Personal Information we hold about you and to update and/or correct it, subject to certain exceptions. If you wish to access your Personal Information, please contact us in writing.

    Peninsula Injury lawyers will not charge any fee for your access request, but may charge an administrative fee for providing a copy of your Personal Information.

    In order to protect your Personal Information we may require identification from you before releasing the requested information.

    Maintaining the Quality of your Personal Information

    It is an important to us that your Personal Information is up to date. We will take reasonable steps to make sure that your Personal Information is accurate, complete and up-to-date. If you find that the information we have is not up to date or is inaccurate, please advise us as soon as practicable so we can update our records and ensure we can continue to provide quality services to you.

    Policy Updates

    This Policy may change from time to time and is available on our website.

    Privacy Policy Complaints and Enquiries

    If you have any queries or complaints about our Privacy Policy please contact us at:

    Level 2 315 Main Street Mornington Vic 3931

    admin@peninsulaInjurylaywers.com.au

    03 5924 1007

     

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