Bullying is a topical and serious matter - and as it turns out, quite a costly one as well. In 2007, in the Cox case, the court ordered that the victim should be paid an amount in the region of $1 million in damages. It is perhaps the amount of money involved that attracted people’s attention, especially in light of other recent noteworthy cases about bullying. For instance, in Naidu v Group 4 Securitas Pty Ltd and Anor (the Naidu case) in 2005, the amount to be paid to the victim of workplace bullying by one of the defendants exceeded $1.9 million. In 2007 in another case about workplace bullying, Goldman Sachs JB Were Services Pty Ltd v Nikolich (the Nikolich case), damages in excess of $500,000 were granted to the victim of bullying.
"Beware of bullies! Lessons in liability from Cox v State of New South Wales,"
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