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Rio Tinto mine employee sexually assaulted in Western Australia

Complaints: A report released by Rio in February described a culture of bullying, harassment and racism at the mining giant

Rio Tinto mine worker sexually assaulted in Western Australia: Police remove alleged perpetrator from site

Rio Tinto said an employee at one of its mines in Western Australia was sexually assaulted and police removed the alleged perpetrator from the site.

The incident comes three months after Australia’s sex discrimination commissioner called for urgent changes in the country’s mining industry.

It came after a state government report revealed sexual harassment and assault were rampant in the industry.

Complaints: A report released by Rio in February described a culture of bullying, harassment and racism at the mining giant

Complaints: A report released by Rio in February described a culture of bullying, harassment and racism at the mining giant

“Rio Tinto continues to work closely with the Ministry of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety as part of its investigation,” a company spokesperson said yesterday.

Rio said the company would not provide further details due to the right to privacy and due process.

But the incident was shared with employees. A report released by Rio in February described a culture of bullying, harassment and racism at the mining giant.

It included 21 complaints of rape or attempted rape or sexual assault over the past five years.

Women who work at the industry’s mining sites have long complained of sexual harassment at so-called “fly in, fly out” mining camps, which have temporary accommodation set up in remote mines.

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