Sexual Harassment -Changing Workplace Culture

28 October 2021


Recent surveys and high profile incidents have highlighted the prevalence of sexual harassment in the Australian legal profession, exposing a sub culture of non-reporting, passive bystanding and mistrust around the management of complaints. 

This important workshop, developed by Queensland Law Society, includes filmed dramatisations produced for QLS by Donaldson Law featuring professional actors to assist in identifying inappropriate conduct and harmful workplace culture. Participants will learn how to be an active bystander and why and how culture and behaviour need to change so they can play their part to reduce the harm caused to individuals, organisations and the profession as a result of sexual harassment. 

QLS thanks and acknowledges Donaldson Law for the production of the video sequences used in the workshop.

CPD (2021/2022 CPD year)

No recording of this session.


12:30 pm

12:30 pm
Sexual Harassment: Changing workplace culture

At the completion of this interactive workshop, participants will have the knowledge and understanding of substantive content in respect of: 

  • what constitutes sexual harassment; 
  • the statistics and surveys providing empirical data on the incidence, reporting rates and the implications for individuals and the legal profession of sexual harassment; 
  • how individuals’ behaviours impact workplace culture; 
  • the predominant traits and culture in legal workplaces that may act as catalysts for harassment and bullying behaviours; 
  • the role of bystanders in changing culture and the practical application of using the 5D’s in responding as an Active Bystander; 
  • the role of leadership in modelling positive behaviour in legal workplaces; 
  • the importance of appropriate sexual harassment and bullying policies and training processes in legal workplaces; 
  • the options and appropriate responses to manage an incident experienced or observed; and 
  • the options available for further and ongoing support and those dealing with incidents of sexual harassment or bullying.

2:00 pm