Much-maligned radio broadcaster Mel Greig has reportedly filed a complaint against Southern Cross Austereo accusing the network of failing to provide a safe workplace following her involvement in last year’s ill-fated Royal Prank.
Greig, who is yet to return to work but is still employed by Austereo, had her lawyer Steven Lewis of Slater & Gordon lodge an application with the Fair Work Commission earlier this week. Lewis told the Adelaide Advertiser “I can confirm that a general protections application has been filed with Fair Work Australia on behalf of Mel Greig against Southern Cross Austereo alleging the radio station failed to maintain a safe workplace.”
In December last year, Austereo broadcast a prank call Greig and then-coworker Michael Christian, who was last month named Austereo’s “top jock”, made to the hospital where Catherine Middleton was receiving treatment for morning sickness. Days later, the nurse who connected the call, Jacintha Saldanha, was found dead having committed suicide – reportedly leaving notes implicating Greig and Christian in her death.
The matter will now proceed to confidential conciliation under the Fair Work Act. Should mediation fail they’ll take the issue to federal court.
The Sydney Morning Herald are also reporting Greig will provide evidence for a UK inquiry into Saldanha’s death later this year. The British Crown determined earlier this year that no further investigation was required into the matter.
Both Austereo and Greig have declined to comment further on the matter.