To avoid complaints of sexual harassment is it better to say that workplace romances aren’t allowed?

No. It is better for organisations to make it clear that sexual harassment isn’t acceptable, for example,make sure they have a policy about sexual harassment and that both staff and volunteers are aware of it.

Discriminating against people for ‘lawful sexual activity’ is also against the law. This applies to a volunteer having a consensual relationship with another volunteer, or a staff member.

If you need more information, please contact the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.
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Telephone: 1300 891 848
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