Coal mine sexual dismissal upheld

The dismissal of two miners for sexual harassment has been upheld by Fair Work Australia

The dismissal of two miners for sexual harassment has been upheld by Fair Work Australia.

According to the ABC, miners Nathan Rollason and Jonathon Rowland were fired from the Austar coal mine in the Hunter Valley, after being accused of the workplace bullying of colleague Ben Donaldson as well as drinking on site.

This bullying reportedly included drawing genitals on Donaldson’s personal safety equipment, as well as Rollason regularly displaying his penis and openly masturbating in front of him.

Both Rollason and Rowland were also known to be drinking at the mine gate.

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union said this practice of drinking at the gate was known to management and supervisors.

While Rollason and Rowland both denied the charges, the workplace tribunal upheld the view that the incidents took place. Anne Harrison, deputy president of the Tribunal, described the actions of the dismissed miners as reprehensible.

She went on to say there was no lack of procedural fairness or any mitigating factors that warranted the overturning of the dismissal.

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