Channel Seven embroiled in adverse action case

by Miklos Bolza22 Aug 2016
Two former staff have filed for adverse action against Channel Seven with the Fair Work Commission (FWC).
Amy and Sophie Taeuber worked for Channel Seven for four years before Amy lodged a sexual harassment complaint against a senior staff member, saying that the colleague made statements of a sexual nature against her.
A few weeks later, the pair were both suspended and Amy was accused of misconduct.
Amy declined to talk about the matter; “the case is in the Fair Work Commission, so I am unable to comment further,” she told Guardian Australia.
Allegedly, Amy complained that a senior colleague had victimised her in March through comments of a sexual nature, a source told the paper. The remarks were made in front of a number of employees at Channel Seven. Her sister, Sophie, also allegedly heard the remarks.
After lodging a complaint, HR conducted a formal investigation which then cleared the senior colleague.
Channel Seven later conducted another investigation, accessing Amy’s work emails and allegedly accusing her of “online misconduct”. In July, the firm concluded she was guilty of “serious misconduct” and asked her to resign. She refused, denying the allegations.
Amy was fired a few days later and Sophie was not offered another shift.
When contacted by Guardian Australia, Channel Seven said the “proper process is being followed” but wouldn’t comment further on the case.
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