Trigger warning – this blog discusses suicide.
Brodie was 19. Brodie’s parents were Rae & Damien. Brodie was excited to gain her independence and move into a flat. Brodie was starting a job.
In September 2006, Brodie Panlock took her own life after being subject to ongoing, humiliating bullying within her workplace. Brodie Panlock is the most tragic reminder of the damage that bullying in the workplace can cause. More than 10 years on, it is important to remember that feeling bullied is truly in the eye of the beholder.
Employers, if a worker comes to you with complaints or concerns surrounding bullying, be sure to take these claims seriously. No one knows how someone else truly feels.
Workers, if you are subject to any form of bullying in the workplace, say something to a manager, a supervisor, a friend, or directly to the police. Brodie Panlock’s legacy is Victoria’s anti-bullying legislation, known as Brodie’s Law. Brodie’s Law commenced in June 2011 and made serious bullying a crime punishable by up to 10 years in jail. Ensure that Brodie’s legacy lives on by demanding safe practice in your workplace.
Get the conversation flowing in your workplace. Start a conversation with someone today with National R U OK Day (September 9th).
If you don’t ask, you don’t know.
If you are impacted, please connect with your GP or someone you trust, call Lifeline 13 11 14 or visit their website.
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Disclaimer – these articles are provided to supply general safety information to people responsible for OHS in their organisation. They are general in nature and do not substitute for legal and/or professional advice. We always suggest that organisations obtain information specific to their needs. Additional information can be found at https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/
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