A female road construction worker subjected to assaults, sexual harassment, bullying and rape threats at a Melbourne workplace has won a $1.3 million payout.
Melbourne woman Kate Mathews sued Winslow Constructors for abuse, bullying and sexual harassment over the two years she worked there as a labourer.
The Victorian Supreme Court heard that between August 2008 to July 2010 fellow workers threatened her with rape, touched her inappropriately and mocked her about sex toys and sexual acts.
On one occasion a co-worker remarked: “Anything that bleeds once a month should be shot.”
Another told her: “I am going to follow you home, rip your clothes off and rape you.”
Kate Mathews said some workers grabbed her and pretended to perform sex acts on her, she was also slapped on the bottom, shown pornographic images, and asked “would you do this?”.