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Steven Yousif, the director of Melbourne Glass Solutions, is facing legal repercussions after pleading guilty to failing to provide a safe working environment. This follows an incident where he physically and verbally abused an apprentice at a work Christmas party.
Details of the Incident
At the Christmas party in December 2020, Yousif was involved in an act of bullying where he slapped apprentice Ilyas Elkharraz’s bare chest while the latter was strung upside down from a crane. Elkharraz reported suffering from anxiety, stress, depression, and suicidal thoughts due to the ongoing bullying, which occurred between April 2019 and May 2021.
The incident reflects serious concerns regarding workplace culture and employee treatment at Melbourne Glass Solutions. Another apprentice also reported being threatened and hindered from attending TAFE classes by Yousif.
Court’s Decision and Impact on Victims
Yousif has pleaded guilty to the charges in the Melbourne Magistrates Court and is trying to avoid a conviction, citing potential financial repercussions on his second business, Jaden Commercial Windows. The prosecutor argued for a conviction due to the severity of the offense. The magistrate is considering the penalty and the question of recording a conviction, with a maximum possible fine of $80,595.