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FMG slapped with 34 charges over sexual harassment documents


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