The boss of both stores, was convicted and fined $40,000 in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court yesterday after being convicted on two charges of failing to ensure a workplace under his control was safe and without risks to health.
The boss was the sole director of Whitelom Investments Pty Ltd, which was convicted and fined $110,000 for failing to maintain a workplace that was safe and without risks to health as the operator of the café at a hospital.
The boss was also a joint director of Whitelom Pty Ltd, which operated another café at a different hospital, and was convicted and fined $140,000 for failing to ensure a workplace under its control was safe and without risks to health.
WorkSafe began investigating the workplaces in April 2021 following a complaint regarding persistent sexual harassment by the boss.
The court heard six workers, aged as young as 16, were sexually harassed physically and verbally by their boss and also witnessed other staff being harassed.
The sexual harassment included touching, groping and sexually intrusive and suggestive comments.
An older worker aged in his 20s, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was also accused of groping a young co-worker.
Source: Mirage News