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.