Navigating Workplace Sexual Harassment: negotiating a severance payment

At O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors, we understand the serious impact that workplace harassment can have on an individual’s mental health and well-being. We are pleased to have assisted Cate*, who found herself in such a situation.

Cate’s Boss Crossed the line

Our client Cate was subjected to ongoing harassment and bullying by her boss. There were several incidents where she was exposed to repeated offensive, intimidating and humiliating behaviour by her boss. 

Cate made allegations that behaviours included:

  • unwanted physical touching
  • inappropriate phone calls
  • messages outside of work hours
  • unsolicited visits to her hotel room to discuss matters unrelated to work
  • ignoring her complaints that she was feeling uncomfortable with this behaviour

The behaviour of her boss caused her to suffer from stress, fear and anxiety, to the extent that she was unable to return to the workplace.


Cate approached us to draft a letter to her employer negotiating a severance agreement and termination of her employment.

We helped Cate navigate this difficult time and assisted in successfully negotiating a severance payment that provided her with the closure and financial security she needed to move forward.

Workplace harassment is never acceptable. If you or someone you know has suffered from workplace harassment, know that you have legal rights and options. Contact Us on (02) 9261 4281 for a free initial consultation. 

*Names have been changed for client confidentiality 


O’Brien Criminal & Civil Solicitors
p: 02 9261 4281
a: Level 4, 219-223 Castlereagh St,
Sydney NSW 2000

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