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GrantThorntonTimeslive reports that business consulting firm Grant Thornton Johannesburg announced on Friday that it had cut all ties with a former director accused of making sexual advances towards a female employee.  He allegedly also touched her inappropriately at the workplace.  

Speaking on the Eusebius McKaiser 702 radio show earlier this month‚ the employee described how Gillian Saunders, deputy CEO and head of advisory services, as well as other company executives, had let her down when she reported a case of sexual harassment against senior partner Vernon Naidoo.  She said her contract was not renewed after she laid a complaint against him.  Another former employee, who claimed that during a “business trip” Naidoo had forced her to share a hotel room with her to save costs, also said she received very little support from Saunders and the HR department.   CEO Paul Badrick on Friday publicly apologised and conveyed his regrets to the two former employees involved.  He said the firm has undertaken a review of the way it handled the sexual harassment allegations and added:  "The grievances and the culture of Grant Thornton Johannesburg need to be investigated by independent third parties.  Grant Thornton International will also investigate the allegations and our firm’s response."  Badrick said in addition‚ he would welcome an investigation by the Commission for Gender Equality.

  • Read this report in full at Timeslive
  • See too, Former Grant Thornton employee ‘living in fear’ after alleged sexual harassment, at EWN
  • And also, How Grant Thornton SA allegedly covered up sexual harassment, at 702
  • As well as, Grant Thornton retracts offer to employee who discussed sexual harassment on 702, at The Citizen


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