A 15 year-old boy has suffered shocking sexual harassment at the hands of his boss.
The older man took the young worker’s phone without his knowledge and used it to take pictures of his own penis.
The boy didn’t discover the images until later.
They showed the older man holding his penis with a smiley face drawn on the head in black pen.
The boy has been unable to return to work at the butcher shop where he worked, as a result of the shock and trauma he experienced.
15 year-old boy suffers shocking sexual harassment
Sexual Harassment Claims filed a number of claims in the Anti-Discrimination Commission of Queensland on behalf of the boy.
The shocking case is still to go before a compulsory conciliation process in the Commission.
If no resolution is reached there, the matter will then be heard by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.
Litigation Director Miles Heffernan described the case as one of the most appalling cases of workplace sexual harassment he has seen.
“This older man treated this young vulnerable worker in an appalling manner,” he said.
“This sort of behaviour is completely unacceptable and possibly even criminal, and the man responsible must be held to account.”
Young men victims of sexual harassment
Mr Heffernan said young men are often victims of sexual harassment.
“It happens more often than people probably realise,” he said. “Young men starting out in some industries are sometimes powerless and find themselves targeted with terrible harassment and bullying.
Previously, Mr Heffernan represented a young farmhand relentlessly bullied and sexually harassed. In that case, he negotiated a $30,000 settlement.
Mr Heffernan also represented a young male painter who experienced sexual harassment by his co-workers. It involved drawing offensive images on dusty windows.
In that case, Sexual Harassment Claims negotiated a $12,500 settlement for the victim.
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