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Annual Report 2006-2007 Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission



Annual Report 2006-2007 Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission

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Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission 2006/2007 Annual Report 21 Appeals finalised during 2006/2007 (cont) Toni Davison v Anti-Discrimination Commission (1st Respondent) and Fannie Bay Cool Spot (2nd Respondent) Appeal dismissed by the Local Court. Ms Davison made a complaint about discrimination due to her association with a person (her son) who, while she was with him, was alleged to have been refused service at the Fannie Bay Cool Spot due to having a hearing guide dog. Ms Davisons son was able at conciliation to reach an amicable resolution with the Respondent, who denied discriminating as alleged, but was willing to make a charitable donation to the Lions Club, because she strongly supported the work of the Guide Dogs Association. Ms Davisons complaint was not resolved and proceeded to investigation. The outcome of the investigation led the Commissioners delegate to decide that the complaint was lacking in substance and therefore it was discontinued pursuant to section 102 of the Act. Ms Davison appealed to the Local Court against the Delegates decision, however her appeal was eventually dismissed after she failed to attend at several pre-hearing conferences. Example Complaints Resolved in 2006-2007 Sexual Harassment An employee alleged he was being sexually harassed and bullied by his boss with whom he had previously had a sexual relationship. A few days after making his complaint to the ADC, the employees casual contract was terminated and he alleged this was victimisation. The employer was contacted to advise them of the complaint and agreed to participate in an immediate conciliation conference. After both parties had an opportunity to listen to the other persons perspective the matter was resolved to everyones satisfaction, on the basis that the employee would be provided with a recommendation for work at another place where the duties would suit him better. This is an example of the ADCs ability to handle complaints in a flexible manner to meet the needs of our clients and resolve complaints very quickly.