Published: 28 April 2020
Author: Ryan Carlisle Thomas
Geelong City settles WorkCover stress claim
A former employee of the Geelong City Council has won her legal battle for injury compensation after it was found that she was not properly protected from the harassment and abuse of the former Mayor, Darryn Lyons.
The high profile case which featured heavily in local Geelong media (City hall oozed toxicity, says former Lyons staffer and Workplace culture has changed, says council CEO) resulted in a significant payment to Ms. Wendy Hatton who was a senior staff member in the mayor’s office.
According to Ms. Hatton, the ex-Mayor “often slammed doors, sent distressing and inappropriate text messages and used threatening and aggressive language.”
“I felt harassed by him on a regular basis,” she said.
Psychological injuries can be complex and difficult to prosecute. The WorkCover system makes it difficult for people with stress claims to access compensation. Despite that, Ryan Carlisle Thomas can fight to get a meaningful sum of damages for what victims go through.