Compensation Scheme for Victims of Sexual Harassment and Predatory Behaviour within the Police Force
In 2017, the Victorian Government announced a consultation process following the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) independent review handed down in December 2015 into sex discrimination and sexual harassment within Victoria Police (https://engage.vic.gov.au/victoria-police-redress-scheme). The Commission recommended that Victoria Police (supported by the Victorian Government) should develop a restorative engagement and redress scheme for police personnel who have experienced sex discrimination and sexual harassment in the course of their employment.
VicPol have already paid compensation to victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault and bullying with an Age newspaper report that approximately $600,000 has been paid to 24 victims which is an average payment of $25,000. https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/compo-scheme-will-see-force-pay-the-price-for-predatory-police-20181019-p50atb.html The Government has also announced that an independent body will be established within the year to oversee redress payments. https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/supporting-victims-as-part-of-victoria-police-reforms/ Current payments appear to have been made under existing discrimination/harassment processes.
Angela Sdrinis Legal is acting for members of the police force whose allegations are being investigated by Operation Salus (the task force established to investigate complaints of sexual harassment/assault and predatory behaviour in Victoria Police) and by Federal Police Officers who also allege abuse and harassment.
If you have experienced sexual and/or physical abuse in the workplace, Angela Sdrinis Legal can give you initial free, confidential and expert legal advice.