WORKPLACE BULLYING: PRINTCO DIRECTOR FINED

The Director of Printco, a real estate signage company, faced allegations of bullying towards a subcontractor who was verbally abused on multiple occasions. The bullying included yelling, swearing, and intimidation over a period of almost three years.

WorkSafe investigated and found that multiple employees had experienced similar behaviour from the director, including name-calling and threats.

Inspectors found inadequate policies on bullying and inappropriate behaviour, with employees not provided training and information on how to report incidents.

Printco pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe workplace, with the director accepting responsibility. In sentencing, the court emphasised the seriousness of the behaviour and imposed a fine of $20,000, along with costs of $4,654

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