A recent decision handed down in the District Court in NSW drives home how important it is for organisations to invest in compliance training.
Janette Trolan brought a negligence claim against her employer, WD Gelle Insurance and Finance Brokers. Trolan claimed that her employer had been negligent in not adequately protecting her against the bullying and sexual harassment she was subjected to at work.
The court found that Trolan’s employer was in fact vicariously liable for her pain and suffering. Significant to this finding was the fact that the employer had not provided training or counselling to the employee responsible for it. Trolan was awarded damages of $733,723, which her employer had to pay in full, as well as her legal costs.
This case highlights just how critical compliance training is in mitigating risk. Organisations that invest in effective compliance training are less likely to be found vicariously liable (or legally responsible) for an employee’s behaviour in the workplace. More importantly, the consequences of not providing compliance training in critical areas, such as workplace health and safety, can literally be a matter of life and death
A summary of the District Court decision can be found here.
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