A FORMER Hamilton police officer’s workplace behaviour has contributed to the Victorian Justice Department losing a $300,000 bullying lawsuit.
Justice department corrections manager and former Hamilton police officer, Phillip Pettingill, was not named as a defendant in the lawsuit because the plaintiff sued the Justice Department.
However, Mr Pettingill’s behaviour was central to the plaintiff’s claim that the Justice Department violated its duty of care by failing to prevent workplace bullying.
Former senior corrections officer, Susan Dawson, was awarded $313,575.00 for pain and suffering as well as economic loss in a Warrnambool County Court decision last week.
During court sessions this year, Mrs Dawson claimed that Mr Pettingill bullied her during two separate periods of employment between August 2002 and August 2007.
The lawsuit centred on the Department of Justice office in Lava St, Warrnambool but also contained allegations about behaviour at office social functions and at courthouses.
Full story in The Spectator on Wednesday, December 25, 2013.