Fortunately Pully, lawyers use the Sex Discrimination Acts' definition of harassment, not the Macquarie Dictionary. Messa bad joke or not, one off or not, the LAW sees it as harassment.
Should he be crucified over this one issue? No, but it is his prior record of "errors" that should see him taking time out like JOC and QC.
messa, I suggest you read the document I linked carefully...here is the relevant section:
Sexual harassment may include:
staring or leering
unnecessary familiarity, such as deliberately brushing up against you or unwelcome touching
suggestive comments or jokes
insults or taunts of a sexual nature
intrusive questions or statements about your private life
displaying posters, magazines or screen savers of a sexual nature
sending sexually explicit emails or text messages
inappropriate advances on social networking sites
accessing sexually explicit internet sites
requests for sex or repeated unwanted requests to go out on dates
behaviour that may also be considered to be an offence under criminal law, such as physical assault, indecent exposure, sexual assault, stalking or obscene communications.
As far as the law is concerned what he did can be regarded as sexual harassment in the workplace.
No matter how you try and defend it as a bad joke, the law does not agree with you.
When Di Patston received the txt.....even if he didn't mean her to receive it, that is sexual harassment.