Sex harassment claims ignored

Sex harassment claims ignored

There are 88 comments on the News.com.au story from Nov 4, 2007, titled Sex harassment claims ignored. In it, News.com.au reports that:

“He continued to ask me out on dates, he asked me for cuddles and would whisper near me the question of whether I was wearing underwear”

HARDWARE chain Bunnings has been accused of ignoring allegations of sexual harassment against one of its then-supervisors. Kerri Whitlock, 42, who was employed as a carpenter at Bunnings' Carseldine store in ... via News.com.au

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craig blackmore

Auckland, New Zealand

#86 Aug 26, 2011
Your Bunnings experiences wrote:
Been advised that bullying is not defined in New Zealand employment law and that you - the victim - have to provide at least six instances of bullying complaints in writing, and prove the company did nothing about your written complaints. Also been advised that bullying is extremely difficult to prove in New Zealand because of the lack of clarity of what it is in terms of the law. I'm astounded!!! This country has more bullying than I've encountered anywhere else, and funny enough saw a programme on t.v. last night where Charlotte Dawson complained about how the media misrepresented her in New Zealand but how differently, and well, the media has been treated in a foreign country - Australia. I have to agree, this place suffers from "small country syndrome". In fact if all the skilled emigrants had to up and leave New Zealand's economy would collapse.
Why isn't there any clear definition of bullying in employment law here, and isn't this lack of clarification simply playing into the bullies hands?
let us know what happens with your situation I BET BUNNINGS WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO LEAVE. I have also read about Bunnings Bullying in the workplace this is a Dishonest Company who hires Dishonest Managers. I hope the guy that taped them got compensation for what these dishonest mamagers did.
Luke Richards

Auckland, New Zealand

#87 Sep 2, 2011
bill fraser wrote:
<quoted text>what a good idea it was that the worker taped them I hope he got compensation for what the dishonest management team did.
I would have to agree with you Bill. I have also read about this elsewhere on the net in more detail. Very Dishonest Management...
Tom

Auckland, New Zealand

#88 Sep 9, 2011
josh wrote:
i believe from what i have seen and heard i would say it would be the henderson branch.
I shop at this branch I have not seen the store manager Tapan for sometime.
rachael

Auckland, New Zealand

#89 Sep 21, 2011
LMR wrote:
I am not defending Bunnings but in this country it is very difficult for employers to get rid of even the most useless staff without evidence of some sort of corruption - and then the employee has to agree and be found guilty three times. And if an allegation is made against an employee by the employer and cannot be substantiated then the employer will probably get sued.
have read about Bunnings Bullying at work one of my daughters faced bullying at her last job and she left. I think the victim at Bunnings did the right thing in getting recorded evidence of the dishonest Managers involved. As they conspired to set the worker up. I would have to wonder did Bunnings know what these managers did? Lowest Managers I have ever come across! Maybe Bunnings Management training procedures comes into this!
Tracey

Auckland, New Zealand

#90 Oct 2, 2011
rachael wrote:
<quoted text> have read about Bunnings Bullying at work one of my daughters faced bullying at her last job and she left. I think the victim at Bunnings did the right thing in getting recorded evidence of the dishonest Managers involved. As they conspired to set the worker up. I would have to wonder did Bunnings know what these managers did? Lowest Managers I have ever come across! Maybe Bunnings Management training procedures comes into this!
Agree the best way to prove what goes on. I heard it was the Henderson Branch and Tapan was the store manager. He's not there anymore. What about the other managers involved what happened to them?
Roy

Auckland, New Zealand

#91 Oct 3, 2011
Rosa wrote:
This is a very common sequence of events, 1./ where a competent worker is harrassed or bullied by a person with some power or influence, or,
2./ the culprit is employed at the same level, but feels insecure about themselves so they attack others both overtly and covertly.( Also, sexual harrassment is another form of intimidation and harrassment and therefore it is workplace bullying too)
At a guess, the accused was managed out of his position as Bunnings learned there were more than one victim who were prepared to speak out, and who have good evidence. Bunnings would have realised the victims had a good case and gone into damage control.
What's the bet the complainants/victims were also managed out when they brought up the problem, and the perpetrator moved sideways temporarily. Then when management realised things could become public, and they saw it was very likely that the perpetrator would be found guilty, they terminate his employment/force a resignation, so that the company Bunnings is not seen to be associated with the illegal and pathetic behaviour and actions of its mid-management staff.
Big companies care more about their public image than dealing with workplace bullies and harrassers. Rather than deal with the issue, get to the truth, believe and support the victims, the
It will be very interesting to see the outcome of this case in the next couple of weeks.
Profit before people have worked for them aswell God Help you if you take your apron off for just a minute.
shane

Auckland, New Zealand

#93 Oct 7, 2011
Roy wrote:
<quoted text>Profit before people have worked for them aswell God Help you if you take your apron off for just a minute.
I worked at Bunnings I will never forget the induction course we had to do we played with play dough was asked to make something that is important to you. We played with rope wraping rope around ourselves. We played with tennis balls threw them at eachother I got lunch from Bunnings and payed wages while we behaved like we were at primary school. Was told at the end you have now learnt all about Bunnings Culture. Worked for them for two years that was enough for me.
Lee

Hamilton, New Zealand

#94 Jun 8, 2012
Tom wrote:
<quoted text>I shop at this branch I have not seen the store manager Tapan for sometime.
I read this situation elsewhere. Bunnings Managers are a very dishonest bunch.

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