Behold the impressive credentials of leftist Lisa Heap:
Lisa is the former Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Employment Rights, a non-government organisation that promotes the application of International Labour Standards within Australia. She is a practicing solicitor working in the area of workplace relations and discrimination law. She advises a number of unions and community organisations on strategic directions, governance and campaigning. She has been engaged as a technical adviser for the International Labour Organisation, held senior positions within a variety of unions, and was the lead advocate for the landmark pay equity case before the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission that substantially raised the rates of pay for community sector workers.
The ABC provides a platform for a heap of Heap nonsense:
Australian women experience high levels of gendered violence, including sexist comments, belittling behaviour, intimation [WTF?, ed.], stalking, sexual assault and rape at work.
Trained in the precise use of language, lawyer Heap must know that sexist comments, belittling behaviour, “intimation” and stalking are not acts of “violence”.
Heap soldiers on:
Recent research initiated by the Victorian Trades Hall Council on women’s rights and safety at work found that 64 per cent of women participants had experienced sexual harassment or violence in their workplace. Nineteen per cent of these women left a secure job because they didn’t feel safe at work.
A 2017 survey of workers in the hospitality industry in Victoria indicated that more than 85 per cent of workers, male and female, had been sexually harassed at work.
The unlinked research results are based on responses from 519 Victorian women. Whereas the mentioned, also unlinked, 2017 survey is “open for any person who identifies as a woman to complete. At the time of writing this paper, 282 women have completed the online survey.”
By the way, how is that one survey reveals 64% of women has experienced sexual violence where as the other reveals 85% of male and female workers have been sexually harassed at work? This must surely mean that close to 100% of male workers are subject to sexual harassment.
In Ms Heaps review of the unlinked 2017 survey responses, under the heading “Gender-based violence at work” (page eight), are but two examples of non-violent sexual violence:
I have had my manager wolf whistle at another woman worker, and when I said that is not okay to do at work the manager asked me if I was jealous. I raised this harassment with my manager’s boss and he said the issue was a personality clash.
Copy Writer and Editor (Carlton North)
I was working in an office and it was commonplace for the male employees to openly tell me what they wanted to do with me sexually. This was done frequently both verbally and in writing. It was before I went into health ‐ I was working in financial trading and was even traded by the male staff.
Environmental Health Worker (Melbourne Western Suburbs)
Heap demands action:
The prevalence of violence against women in our community and our workplaces means that every employer should conclude that gendered violence is likely to exist in their organisations. Employers can then audit the extent of their risks and eliminate it.
A risk-identification approach would focus on cultures of gender inequality and sexism that are the drivers of gendered violence.
This violence occurs where men control positions of power at work and where women are in more vulnerable positions in the labour market or the workplace.
Ms Heap states an untruth:
Australia has one of the highest levels of workforce gender segregation in the OECD.
Australia’s gender equity performance is actually better than the OECD average. But reality is irrelevant when a potential revenue stream is identified:
Many of the accepted traditional ways of doing and rewarding work in organisations are in fact perpetuating a climate within which sexism and violence against women can permeate.
If employers don’t accept gendered violence as a serious health and safety risk that is likely to be present in their workplaces, we will continue to have women being injured by this violence.
Workplace “sexual violence” and resulting “injuries” will, of course, be a feast for lawyers.