Saleswoman’s porn compaint upheld

NZPA 26 September 2007
A car saleswoman who complained about pornography in her workplace has been awarded nearly $20,000 after the Employment Relations Authority found her employer failed to provide her with a safe working environment. Tracy Williams had been employed by Dunedin City Ford for three years when she walked into her manager’s office and found another salesperson looking at pornography on a computer. Ms Williams was shocked and upset by this, the authority heard, and complained to her manager, who said he would deal with it.However, Ms Williams said she saw no evidence of him doing anything about it, and she reported the incident to the dealer principal. She eventually received an apology, and told the authority she felt the matter was finished. But just three days later, Ms Williams saw the same colleague with a hard copy picture of a naked woman she said looked like her….Mr Crichton said he was “absolutely persuaded” Ms Williams’ had not been provided with a safe and secure workplace as a result of the employer’s failure to deal with the second pornographic incident, “coming so quickly on the heels of the first”.

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