Prank presenter Mel Greig files legal action against Southern Cross Austereo

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Michael Christian and Mel Greig

Today Network host Mel Greig has filed legal action against her employer Southern Cross Austereo for allegedly failing to provide a safe workplace over her involvement in the royal prank call.

In a document filed with the Fair Work Commission this week, Greig claims her employer did not maintain a safe workplace in relation to her involvement in the prank.

Greig, 31, and her co-host Michael “MC” Christian had impersonated the Queen and Prince Charles on a call to the London hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for morning sickness in December, ostensibly seeking information about her condition.

Nurse Jacintha Saldanha transferred the call and the recording was re-broadcast by 2Day FM and the wider national Today Network sparking a media furore in Britain. Three days later, the nurse killed herself.

Greig has been off the air since the prank. Meanwhile Christian returned to the Sydney station in February and was later reportedly awarded the station’s “next top jock” award.

The Fair Work Commission claim will call for both parties to attend a conciliation conference where they will confidentially attempt to resolve their differences. If an outcome is not reached it will go before a federal court.

Greig’s lawyer, Slater & Gordon’s Steven Lewis said in an emailed statement to Mumbrella: “I can confirm that a general protections application has been filed with Fair Work Australia on behalf of Mel Greig against Southern Cross Austereo.

“The application alleges Southern Cross Austereo failed to maintain a safe workplace. The matter will proceed to confidential conciliation under the Fair Work Act. Ms Greig continues to be employed by Southern Cross Austereo. Ms Greig will not be making any comments on this matter.”

A spokesman for Southern Cross Austereo declined to comment on the legal action.

The legal battle is not the only one, SCA is currently embroiled in over the incident. It is also taking legal action to try to prevent an investigation by the Australian Communication and Media Authority.


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