Qualification(s): LLB, GDLP
Paloma Cole is an Associate in our employment law team in Maurice Blackburn's Brisbane office in Queensland. Paloma represents clients across a range of complex employment issues and assists them to get the best possible outcome, depending on their needs.
Sometimes that means ensuring a client is fairly treated so they can continue working in their current workplace; other times it can mean negotiating an exit that empowers a client to move on to their next big career opportunity.
"Our clients often come to us after experiencing bullying, discrimination, harassment, assault, underpayment and other forms of unfair treatment. They come to see us at an incredibly difficult point in their lives, and rely on us to assist them through it.
"The trust that they place in us is so important, and I take great pride and satisfaction in helping to even the playing field between employer and employee."
Paloma is a passionate and strategic lawyer. She is highly skilled in negotiating early settlements so clients can move on with their lives, but doesn’t shy away from litigating matters when necessary.
Paloma is particularly passionate about legal issues that uniquely or disproportionately impact women and the LGBTIQ+ community. Paloma is Co-Convenor of Maurice Blackburn’s Pride Network in Queensland. She is also the Co-Convener of Maurice Blackburn’s Women’s Network in Queensland, and chairs its Queensland Women in Law sub-committee.
Paloma has successfully:
- Obtained reinstatement of employment, with continuity of employment recognised and leave accruals reinstated, for an employee who was made redundant during the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Obtained a payment of 32 weeks' salary in compensation for a Senior Finance Officer in a general protections application.
- Obtained a payment of 16 weeks' salary in compensation, and negotiated termination of employment to be changed to resignation, for an Operations Manager in an unfair dismissal case.
- Negotiated the withdrawal of all allegations against an Information Manager who was facing misconduct allegations and disciplinary action.
- Obtained a financial settlement and an apology for a salesperson who was the victim of repeat, aggressive and humiliating racial and religious discrimination, as well as sexual harassment and assault.
- Provided advice and assistance to the ANZ Head of a multinational healthcare company in response to a series of allegations against him by an employee. All allegations were found to be unsubstantiated.
- Obtained repayments for many current and former 7-11 employees in their underpayment claims, which contributed to a total of more than $5 million. This work was pro bono.
- Represented a politician in a high profile discrimination claim against a state agency, involving a legal and media strategy.
Memberships and awards
- Winner, Queensland Law Society Emerging Leader Award 2020
- Finalist, Women Lawyers Associate of Queensland Emergent Women Lawyer of the Year Award 2019
- Member, Queensland Law Society
- Member, Industrial Relations Society of Queensland
- Member, Pride in Law