Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Anglican synod to face tribunal over bullying accusations

From Australia-

BRISBANE's Anglican Archbishop Dr Phillip Aspinall has been accused of bullying in a discrimination complaint brought by a former church director, a tribunal has heard.

Lawyers for the Archbishop and the synod of Brisbane diocese have failed to get key elements of the sexual harassment and discrimination case thrown out of Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Peta Smith, former executive director of the Anglican Schools Commission, lodged Anti-Discrimination Commission complaints in 2009, shortly before her five-year contract expired.

The tribunal was told she held the Corporation of the Synod of Brisbane's Anglican Diocese vicariously liable for those who allegedly spread a rumour she was in a lesbian relationship with a colleague.

Ms Smith also held the synod responsible for alleged victimisation, saying her contract was not renewed after her sex discrimination complaint was made.

A summary of allegations filed in QCAT said Ms Smith claimed that after she told Archbishop Aspinall in February, 2008, about the alleged sexual discrimination his behaviour towards her changed.

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