Royal prank call DJ Mel Greig sues employer

Australian radio station 2Day FM presenter Mel Greig (left) and Michael Christian (right)
Image caption Mel Greig and Michael Christian's prank call drew widespread coverage

A DJ behind a royal prank call linked to the death of a UK nurse has sued her employer, saying it failed to provide a safe workplace, local media say.

Mel Greig's lawyer said a complaint against Southern Cross Austereo had been lodged with Fair Work Australia.

She and her co-host made a prank call to the London hospital where the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for morning sickness last year.

The nurse who answered the phone call was later found dead.

Australian Mel Greig remains off air in the wake of the incident, but co-host Michael Christian returned to work two months later.

"I can confirm that a general protections application has been filed with Fair Work Australia on behalf of Mel Greig against Southern Cross Austereo alleging the radio station failed to maintain a safe workplace,'' Ms Greig's lawyer, Steven Lewis, told local media in Australia.

"The matter will proceed to confidential conciliation under the Fair Work Act."

No further details of the complaint were available.

Fair Work Australia, the national workplace relations tribunal, said it would try a conciliation conference for the two parties, local media report.

If the issue cannot be resolved, Ms Grieg will have to seek legal recourse in a federal court.

Her employer has yet to issue a comment on the matter.

Nurse Jacintha Saldanha put the Australian DJs through to another nurse at the King Edward VII's Hospital in Marylebone, who gave an update on the duchess's condition - an incident that drew widespread media coverage in the UK.

Mrs Saldanha believed the DJs were the Queen and Prince Charles.

The 46-year-old wife and mother-of-two was found hanged three days later. An inquest into her death has yet to be held.

In February, the UK's Crown Prosecution Service decided there was insufficient evidence to charge Mr Christian and Ms Greig with manslaughter over Mrs Saldanha's death.

Ms Greig is expected to appear at the inquest into Mrs Saldanha's death, expected later this year.

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