WorkSafe lays charges over failure to provide documents relating to sexual harassment

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WorkSafe has commenced prosecution action against mining company Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) for failing to supply documents relating to 34 cases of alleged sexual harassment at their mine sites.

FMG has been charged with 34 counts of refusing or failing to comply with a requirement to provide documents to a WorkSafe inspector within a specified period without a reasonable excuse.

The documents relate to cases of alleged sexual harassment at three mining operations – Christmas Creek, Solomon and Cloudbreak.

The Work Health and Safety Act 2020 gives WorkSafe inspectors the right to request that documentation be received within a specified time period unless the person in charge of the business or undertaking has a reasonable excuse for not supplying the documents.

The case has been listed for mention in the Perth Magistrates Court on March 17, and the company is yet to enter a plea to the charges.

As the case is now in the hands of the courts, no further information will be provided at this stage.

Media Contact: Caroline De Vaney 6251 2363 or 0408 927563 (media queries only).

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Media release
09 Feb 2023

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