A bus travel agency in Victoria has suspended operations after it was accused of discriminating against women.
The Victoria Bus Association (VBA) said in a statement on Wednesday it had suspended the business of TravelBus Australia after a review into a complaint against the business.
The VBA said the investigation was made after a member of staff approached the company and asked if they had ever had to deal with any inappropriate behaviour towards female employees.
“Upon reviewing the facts, the review has determined that the VBA has taken appropriate steps to address the situation, including: suspending the business from its network, and withdrawing the member of the staff from her position,” the VBB said.
The board also said it had terminated the VBCA members who were also members of staff.
The company has been operating since 2008 and was previously a member and paid member of TripAdvisor.
The Victorian Government said in an emailed statement it was “deeply concerned” about the allegations made by a staff member.
“We are in close contact with the VSBSA and we will be providing further information as soon as it is available,” the Government said.
“Victoria’s sexual harassment and bullying laws provide strong protection against discrimination and this has been demonstrated by our response to these claims.”
The Victorian government will continue to investigate the allegations.
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