Doctor bullied by manager awarded $115,000

Dr Renuka Visvanathan's line manager began a campaign to undermine her leadership after a dispute over bed numbers, South Australian Employment Tribunal finds

A geriatrician has been awarded $115,000 in compensation for “retaliatory” discrimination that saw her overlooked for a new position despite being the only suitable candidate.

The South Australian Employment Tribunal ordered the state health department pay Dr Renuka Visvanathan $75,160 in economic loss and $40,000 for emotional distress after finding she was bullied between 2014 and 2018 by her line manager.

According to the tribunal decision, Dr Visvanathan first raised concerns about Associate Professor Chris Zietz’s bullying