A worker coerced into dancing with a Kylie Minogue impersonator at a work event is suing his former employer.
The man says the incident caused “nervous shock and psychological injury” and is therefore claiming $800,000 compensation.
Worker coerced into dancing with Kylie at work event
47 year-old Ian Billington worked as a business manager for fashion label Sussan.
He attended a national conference in regional Victoria in August 2015.
The event featured a Kylie Minogue impersonator performing at the company’s awards ceremony.
During the ceremony the impersonator twice called Billington on stage.
Billington alleges the performer and colleagues coerced him with “woo-hoos” and further, physically impelled to go on stage, despite making it clear he did not want to.
Performer asked personal and humiliating questions on stage
Court documents allege the performer asked Billington “deeply personal and humiliating questions”, such as, his marital status.
In addition, she asked questions about his wife, despite Billington being in a homosexual relationship.
Further, the performer allegedly asked him “whether he liked to wear leather hotpants” and subsequently directed him to go backstage where a female dancer dressed him in clothing he described as humiliating and belittling.
He returned to the stage where he was required to dance and sing.
Worker experiences panic attacks and agoraphobia
As a result of the incident, Billington claims the experience caused him panic attacks, agoraphobia, memory and concentration impairment, sleep disturbance, tremors and shakes, “tics and twitches” and anger.
His claim states:
“As a result of the said injuries the plaintiff has since only been able to work over the phone with limited face-to-face contact working a maximum of 18 hours a week.”
He is asking the County Court to award him $800,000 special damages for lost past and future income.