Category: Offensive Language / Conduct

Farting

Can Farting in the Workplace Amount to Bullying?


Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim An employee who claims he was bullied by a flatulating fellow worker has vowed to take his former employer to the High Court of Australia. The story so far Melbourne engineer, David Hingst, claimed $1.8 million dollars in damages as a result of bullying at the hands of his former …
Danny Lim

Danny Lim to Challenge NSW Police After Brutality Incident


Iconic Sydney protester Danny Lim has been brightening the lives of city commuters for years now with his sandwich board signs emblazoned with colourful political messages designed to make a point as well as produce a smile from the passersby. However, last Friday morning, several NSW police officers decided it was time to give the former …
Ice Cube

What is the Law on Offensive Language in NSW?


Earlier this month, a jury in the state of Michigan acquitted a man of violating a noise ordinance after he allegedly blasted the NWA song ‘Fuck tha Police’ when pulled over by a Sheriff’s Deputy in front of a petrol station. A witness to the incident testified that after the man was pulled over, he …
Elephant thong

Man Sacked for Wearing ‘Willy Warmer’ in the Workplace


A 33-year old pallet repairer in the United Kingdom who paraded through his workplace wearing an “elephant thong willy warmer”, a high visibility vest and boots has been dismissed for ‘gross misconduct’. Shaun Haggerty from Merseyside in England walked through the warehouse after being dared by a co-worker. “It was one of the lads [who] …
Hate speech

Tough New Laws Against Hate Speech


The NSW government is proposing to introduce new laws designed to crack down on hate speech and racial vilification that are intended to incite violence. Under the proposed new laws, those who incite or threaten violence against others on the grounds of race, religion, sexual orientation or HIV status will face a maximum sentence of …
Offensive language

What Is Considered ‘Offensive’ Under NSW Criminal Law?


Offensive conduct is a frequently prosecuted crime in NSW. Section 4 of the Summary Offences Act 1988 provides that “a person must not conduct himself or herself in an offensive manner in or near, or within view or hearing from, a public place or a school.” The offence is different to ‘offensive language’ which is …
Sydney Criminal Lawyers team

12 Reasons to Choose Sydney Criminal Lawyers®


Being prosecuted for a criminal or traffic offence can be a nerve-wracking experience. You may be unfamiliar with the process, unsure of the best way forward and concerned about the outcome. But whether you are charged with a less-serious matter such as drug possession, drink driving or common assault, or accused of something as serious …
Offensive language red stamp

Sydney Man Appeals Conviction for Swearing


A Sydney man was arrested for swearing at a NSW police officer, and is now fighting his Local Court conviction for using offensive language. When 29-year-old Filip Black was stopped by police, they asked him what he was doing in the area and he replied, “none of your fucking business”. The officer later said “you’re …
NSW Police

Precious Police Officer Arrests Heckler


Video footage has been published of a NSW detective inspector giving a press conference outside Albury police station when an apparently intoxicated man walks from across the street with a beer in his hand and yells “bullshit”. The seasoned officer is so incensed by the taunt that he walks away from the cameras, confronts the man and …
Young criminals

The Cop Who Helped Reduce Street Crime


Rather than employing heavy-handed tactics and a punitive approach when dealing with anti-social teens, police in the Western Sydney suburb of Blacktown have been tackling youth crime a different way. And the results speak for themselves. When police superintendent Mark Wright first took up his post in Blacktown many years ago, he was faced with …