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SYDNEY — Mel Greig, one of the Australian radio DJs who made the now infamous royal prank call to Kate Middleton’s hospital room last year, has taken legal action against her employer, Southern Cross Austereo, for failing to provide a safe workplace, according to local reports.
Nurse Jacinta Saldanha committed suicide after taking a call from Greig and fellow 2DayFM presenter Michael Christian about Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, who was being treated for acute morning sickness in a London hospital.
Saldanha put the call through to the Duchess’ room, where another nurse revealed private medical details about her condition.
Greig has lodged an application with Fair Work Australia claiming her employer, Southern Cross Austereo, failed to maintain a safe workplace.
“The matter will proceed to confidential conciliation under the Fair Work Act,” Greig’s lawyer, Steven Lewis, said.
Greig has not returned to work since the affair and has been receiving counseling. She has said she will travel to England to appear at the inquest in to Saldanha’s death.
Christian returned to work several months after the call at another station owned by Southern Cross Austereo and last month received an award from the company as “Australia’s Next Top Jock” after a 12-week internal competition.
Australian broadcasting regulator the Australian Communications and Media Authority last month told Southern Cross Austereo it had preliminary findings into its investigation over whether the station breached its license conditions by airing the call. Those findings have not been made public, but Southern Cross Austereo took immediate legal action against ACMA, saying the regulator does not have the power to determine if it broke the law by recording and broadcasting the hoax call without permission.
That matter will be heard by the Federal Court of Australia in September.
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