find the latest legal job
Corporate/Commercial Lawyers (2-5 years PAE)
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Specialist commercial law firm · Long-term career progression
View details
Graduate Lawyer / Up to 1.5 yr PAE Lawyer
Category: Personal Injury Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Mentoring Opportunity in Regional QLD · Personal Injury Law
View details
Corporate and Commercial Partner
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Full time · Join a leading Adelaide commercial law firm
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Sydney NSW
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
Don’t stand so close to me

Don’t stand so close to me

In a move that’s likely to confuse student-faculty sexual relations on campuses across the country, a gay former University of Queensland tutor has won the right to appeal a federal magistrate’s…

In a move that’s likely to confuse student-faculty sexual relations on campuses across the country, a gay former University of Queensland tutor has won the right to appeal a federal magistrate’s decision that he was not the victim of sexual harassment after he was invited to the cinema by a female student.

The tutor, Peter Gauci, first met the student, Cristelle Kennedy, in his capacity as a tutorial coordinator in the university’s psychology department in 2002, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

After a social lunch together in 2003, Kennedy suggested that they should get tattoos, possibly commemorating an incident-free visit to a campus eatery. Gauci declined the offer, but agreed to see a movie with her. Feeling uncomfortable with the developing situation, the tutor cancelled their meeting by email on the day of their appointment, writing: “I don’t feel good about seeing a movie with you … You’re probably a nice person, but we can’t be friends. Please don’t persist with this.”

Gaydar and netiquette on the fritz, Kennedy replied, writing: “I’m not asking a lot of you. If I wanted to ‘jump you’ I would have done it a lot sooner than this … As for persisting, well I’m not one to go down without a fight. If I wanted to make your life hell I could.”

Gauci reported the incident to his supervisor, who suggested that he write an apology to the student for “effectively jilting Ms Kennedy by email”. Ten days after receiving the apology, Kennedy lodged a sexual harassment complaint with the university against Gauci. Gauci responded in kind, one thing led to another, and last month Gauci was granted leave to appeal the Magistrates’ Court’s decision that there were “no facts that would or could amount to sexual harassment”.

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Don’t stand so close to me
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
06:04
Young humanitarian lawyer California-bound
A young Australian lawyer will be travelling to the US next year for a prestigious nine-month study ...
Jackie Rhodes
Dec 12 2017
Report sheds light on LGBTQI inclusion in law firms
A recent report has revealed the varying perceptions on LGBTQI diversity and inclusion in the Austra...
Women in business
Dec 12 2017
Annabel Crabb headlines Women in Business Forum
Political journalist Annabel Crabb has appeared at the Coleman Greig Lawyers Women in Business Forum...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...