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I am a former NSW police force member medically discharged in March 2012 due to PTSD.

Whilst employed I was subjected to sexual harassment, bullying and victimisation by the male members I worked with within a small office. This exacerbated my PTSD to the point of where I could no longer work. I orginally made an unofficial complaint to a female sergeant who basically sided with the males I was complaining about.

Once I made this unofficial complaint the males ostrocised me, made degorgative remarks about me and basically made it extremely difficult to continue to work.

I made an official complaint to the regional proffesional standards officer who then sent my complaint back to my LAC to be investigated. The males and others lied, denied their behaviour and made up stories about myself and another female collegue who had been subjected to the same treatment as myself.

My complaint was not substantiated due to their unethical behaviour regarding the investigation. By this I mean all parties involved. I took this further to the anti descrimination board and then onto a date for arbitration court was set.

Prior to court the NSWP wanted to settle the matter out of court which was the final outcome. I was happy with this as I felt validated and I knew the truth of what had gone on from the beggining of my journey as I call it. I knew the NSWP would not have a case in court as it is very different being in a witness box and lying to typing it out on a peice of paper.

My journey still continues I try to manage my PTSD and also try to deal with the fact that I lost my career. I do not hear from so called friends I had in the police and often get informed of how I was a dog making my complaint.

I would love to hear from others who have suffered similar circumstances and I am happy to have found this website as I know I am not alone.

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5 Comments

Reply louise
10:26 PM on February 14, 2013 
Well I am alone, but ok. My day for the hearing is soon. I am scared, but I have to do. I was in pathology at qld heath, but driven out, yes by bullying and discrimination. It is so sad, as they still say they want to stop bullying. I wish I could find someone to write a book for me, and all what has happened. I am sure I will find someone. What amazes me, they talk about bullying in schools which happens, but then they have to enter the work force, and it happens there. A law should be bought in, and work places fined. i am just unsure why these places you are suppose to go to for help, actually ignore and side with the criminals
Reply Steve Bailey
5:41 PM on February 12, 2013 
Mel, good on you for sticking with it. You weren't the dog, they were for lying through their corrupt teeth. All the best for a future away from that culture.
Reply a
4:42 PM on February 1, 2013 
Hi Mel, yes the infamous police union - my union also did nothing whatsoever - they had been extremely vocal in the media about assisting whistleblowers after the Bree Sonter matter and advised publicly that they had new policy relating to assisting whistleblowers. The next time they attended for a union meeting I asked them publicly what their policy was and how they could assist whistleblowers and was advised publicly that "whistleblowers are their own worst enemy because they don't want to do anything" He then asked me why I wanted to know and I advised that I was a whistleblower and wanted assistance - I then followed the merry-go-round from one to the next going round and round in circles and eventually was told that my matter "must be one of those that go round and round until I go away" - ABSOLUTELY USELESS!!! Anyway enough of my ranting - welcome to the site - Lizzie is right you have your integrity, ethics and values and can look people in the eye!!!!
Reply Lizzie
11:27 PM on January 30, 2013 
Welcome and thanks for sharing your story, Mel. I know you are not alone in your experiences with NSWP but it takes a brave person to speak out. I'm glad you received some acknowledgement, even if it came only when they had backs to the corner. Whilst you may feel you have lost your career, you have your integrity, ethics and values intact which my experience tells me is not the case with all NSWP! I wish you all the best.
Reply mel
10:11 PM on January 30, 2013 
and I forgot to mention the fact that the new south wales police association refused to offer me financial assistance even after two appeals I lodged. I have since contacted them stating I had won a case that was sensitive and one that they could address throughout the cops but they said too bad we are not reimbursing you any monies.