Ultimately, the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland (ADCQ) found Ms Mason and Ms Clench had unlawfully discriminated against me; naming them as respondents when referring the matter to Queensland Health to investigate.
Things then went from bad to worse; the Queensland Health Administration went to great lengths to prevent the exposure of Ms Mason's false claims to me, and to prevent Ms Clench from explaining her sudden objection to my footwear.
After admitting to the ADCQ Commissioner that, following Ms Clench’s objection to my footwear, she had not made the specific inquiries with the Department of WPHS, as stated in her letter, Ms Mason failed to account for the WPHS advice which she claimed, in that same letter, to have received in response to her specific inquiries regarding my footwear requirements “due to my disabilities”
Ms Mason's response to the Commissioner:
“…Ms Hollywood was intending to return to work with sandals…She confirmed this and discussed the fact that she had been wearing sandals for a long time due to her disability. I told Ms Hollywood that it was...not acceptable...Over the next few weeks I reviewed the protective footwear...on a casual basis only with...Workplace Health and Safety...I did not refer specifically to the situation with Ms Hollywood’s sandals or her disability...On 25 May…I reiterated that Ms Hollywood needed to have suitable footwear...Ms Hollywood stated...it was not possible to have any other footwear for work...I agreed to contact WPHS again for advice. WPHS was contacted by email on 2 June 1998...I had no response…Ms Hollywood phoned on 22 June 1998 indicating…if she was unable to work with sandals, she would not be able to continue as a nurse…”
Also, Ms Mason excluded the fact I withheld my resignation as a last resort upon her suggestion that WPHS might negotiate the restriction if I signed a waiver; disclaiming injuries to my feet:
“I asked her to wait and not resign on the unresolved issue of her footwear. I again emailed the WPHS representative...phone contact was made the next day with another WPHS Officer.”
The Queensland Health District Manager, having claimed to have investigated on behalf of Queensland Health, also excluded Ms Mason’s false claim when confirming she had not made the stated inquiries in May:
“...the Director of Nursing formally raised Ms Hollywood’s stated footwear needs with the Herston-based Workplace Health and Safety unit in early June...”
The secrecy surrounding Ms Mason’s false claim was maintained by the ADCQ Commissioner when she too suppressed the deception in Ms Mason's letter:
“…I am of the reasonable opinion that Ms Hollywood’s complaint is lacking in substance for the following reasons…it is apparent in Ms Mason’s letter dated 25 May 1998 that she requested for Ms Hollywood to advise her if she was unable to arrange for shoes which comply with the Workplace Health and Safety requirements.”
Freedom of Information later confirmed Ms Mason had retrieved my personnel file without signing as per the Queensland Health policy, and had withheld its content from the investigation; including the correspondence from my doctor which she had receipted.
Since the failure of the Anti-Discrimination Commission to independently investigate the evidence confirming the discrimination, due to the full licence given to Queensland Health by the Queensland Ombudsman and the Crime and Misconduct Commission to self-investigate, it has remained buried for 18 years.
It seemed hardly a coincidence when the Queensland Ombudsman and Crime and Misconduct Commission concurred with the ADCQ’s actions, to authorize Queensland Health to self-investigate and then suppress, by omission, the undeniably deceptive claim in Ms Mason's letter.
A Freedom of Information released “Note to File” confirmed the Crime and Misconduct Commission had fully understood the deception in Ms Mason’s letter.
Further, when unconditionally accepting Queensland Health’s finding that Ms Mason had not told me of her inquiries with WPHS, regarding my footwear requirements due to my disabilities, the Minister for Health permanently sealed the truth regarding Ms Mason’s false claim in her letter which, indeed, stated she had made those specific inquiries.
A definite conflict of interest existed!
In 2014, when I learned of the Public Interest Disclosure (PID) Act for Whistle Blowers, I submitted a PID to the Queensland Deputy Premier: