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FMG slapped with 34 charges over sexual harassment documents

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Fortescue Metals Group faces prosecution in Western Australia for failing to supply documents relating to dozens of alleged sexual harassment cases at its mine sites.

The Andrew Forrest-led mining giant has been charged with 34 counts of refusing or failing to comply with a requirement to provide documents to a WorkSafe inspector within a specified period without a reasonable excuse.

The documents relate to cases of alleged sexual harassment at Fortescue’s Christmas Creek, Solomon and Cloudbreak mining operations, WorkSafe said on Wednesday.

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Inspectors have the right under WA laws to request that documentation be received within a specified time period unless there is a reasonable excuse, the regulator said.

Fortescue is yet to plead to the 34 charges levelled by the WA regulator. Credit: AAP

The case has been listed for mention in Perth Magistrates Court on March 17 and Fortescue is yet to enter a plea to the charges.

“As the case is now in the hands of the courts, no further information will be provided at this stage,” WorkSafe said in a statement.

Fortescue has been contacted for comment.

A parliamentary inquiry last year found WA’s multi-billion dollar mining industry had failed to protect female workers from predatory behaviour, including targeted violence, stalking, grooming and threats to their livelihoods.

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Source: 7News