Former Nova employees plan class action lawsuit, alleging claims of workplace misconduct

Over a dozen former Nova Entertainment employees are planning a class action lawsuit against the company owned by Illyria Nominees Television, a private investment company of Lachlan Murdoch.

It is believed that 15 former employees are part of the lodged lawsuit pleading claims of workplace misconduct including bullying, harassment and discrimination, as first reported in Variety

Kristian Bolwell, the lawyer and principal of Sydney based firm WorkLawyers, told Mumbrella: “WorkLawyers is surprised at the number and range of people from across Australia and abroad that have come forward to describe their appalling treatment. 

“We are committed to analysing this evidence with a view to commencing proceedings sooner rather than later. Now is the time for ex and current Nova staff to come forward under strict confidence, to protect their interests and put a stop to this toxic workplace.” said Bolwell.

Sources have reportedly told the publication the majority of these claims are solely focused around one senior Nova executive, while there are a handful of allegations including multiple other business heads.

The court hearing is said to be in the next few weeks according to an insider. 

A Nova spokesperson referred Mumbrella back to the network’s official statement in Variety’s original article, which stated: “Nova Entertainment is not aware of the filing of any class action or other legal proceedings related to alleged workplace misconduct.

“Nova Entertainment has not been served with any court documents nor has it been contacted by any legal firms in relation to any proposed class action.”

Mumbrella also reached out to Commercial Radio Australia, but said it would not be commenting on the matter at this time.


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