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Seven ordered by court to mediate Amber Harrison case

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Seven West Media has been ordered to mediate a possible resolution to a workplace lawsuit by a former employee who had an affair with the company’s CEO.

Amber Harrison in March launched Federal Court action alleging Seven had contravened the Fair Work Act by prejudicing her workplace rights and engaging in adverse action.

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Counsel for Seven on Friday told the court it opposed Ms Harrison’s request for mediation, but Justice Mordecai Bromberg said “mediations can often resolve proceedings, despite the resistance of one of the parties”.

Ms Harrison, a former executive assistant at the media company, has been locked in a bitter court battle with Seven since she revealed embarrassing details of her affair with Seven West CEO Tim Worner in December.

Former Seven West Media employee Amber Harrison and CEO Tim Worner. Former Seven West Media employee Amber Harrison and CEO Tim Worner.  

The NSW Supreme Court imposed a temporary gag order in February preventing her speaking publicly about the relationship or the company, and Seven will push for a permanent order at a four-day hearing starting on July 10.

Ms Harrison returned fire in March with a cross-claim alleging Seven breached an implied term of her employment contract to keep and maintain a safe system of work.

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