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Woman wins $2.8 million for being ‘micromanaged’ at work

The Australia Law Courts building and Australian money to indicate the federal court decision over an employee being micromanaged.
An Australian woman was awarded the massive payout after being micromanaged. (Source: Getty)

An Australian woman was awarded $2.8 million by the Federal Court after it deemed she had been “micromanaged” and “bullied” by her boss.

A racing club in New South Wales was ordered to make the major payout after a long-time manager was subjected to an “overbearing micromanagement style”.

However, this was not a simple case of a boss looking over an employee's shoulder.

The Federal Court found the club was negligent in preventing the woman from experiencing psychiatric harm and that the CEO breached the company’s contract by withholding her benefits and denying her bonus.

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The court also found the CEO had bullied the manager by singling her out, micromanaging her tasks, distracting her from work with relentless emails and denying her benefits that were offered to other employees.

The woman, who had been working for the club since 1991, started having the issues when the new CEO came on board in 2016.

It was at this point the new CEO felt the manager was being paid too much and the harassment began.

The manager was denied annual leave, long-service leave and commission payments.

After numerous complaints, the manager left the business in 2019 and the court awarded the manager the payout in December 2021.

Workplace wellness

Aussies are feeling more under the pump at work than ever before and women are particularly feeling the pressure.

In fact, A study from Deloitte found 47 per cent of women planned to leave their employer within the next two years.

Roughly 45 per cent described their work/life balance as poor or very poor and, 35 per cent said they had trouble switching off from work.

One-third rated job satisfaction and motivation at work as poor or very poor.

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