Female worker sues Aussie mine for alleged racial and verbal abuse
An indigenous woman is suing a Central Queensland coal mine for almost US$1 million, as the former dump truck driver claims she was victim of racial and verbal abuse while working at Jellinbah mine.
According to The Morning Bulletin, the 54-year-old Mackay woman said that during the year she worked at the site, her co-workers subjected her to intimidating behaviour and bullying, such as threating to push her truck off a berm, which caused her serious psychological trauma.
In a claim before the Rockhampton Supreme Court, the woman alleges the relevant parties were aware of what was happening, but did nothing to stop it.
The Jellinbah open cut coal mine is located in Central Queensland, right on the Tropic of Capricorn. Output from it is hauled by rail to the Port of Gladstone, located approximately 300 km from the mine.
It has been in operation since 1989.