“Doing a Sutton”

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A city chief executive is being accused of kissing female staff at a company Christmas party – and joking he was acting “a bit like Roger Sutton”.

The apparently amorous boss kissed some women on their cheeks and others on their foreheads, says an Auckland employment lawyer acting for the man’s company.

He had given one senior manager a kiss on the lips, which had led to a complaint of sexual harassment.

The incident is one of at least three Christmas party-related complaints under investigation, and employment lawyers and advocates told the Herald on Sunday business would increase in the New Year.

Sutton, the former Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Authority boss, fell from grace after a senior manager accused him of repeated acts of sexual harassment. At the organisation’s Christmas party last year he allegedly suggested every Friday be “visible G-string Friday”. Sutton resigned and State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie said the behaviour was “serious misconduct”.

End-of-year blowouts are a danger time for misbehaviour, fuelled by the excitement of the festive season and often alcohol.

Alcohol was believed to be involved in the kissing incidents involving the Auckland chief executive, said the employment lawyer, who asked not to be named to protect those involved in the case.

He wouldn’t name the chief executive, or the small Auckland company he led, but said women were kissed on their cheeks or foreheads, and one on the lips.

“He decided he might like to spread his affection around the female staff by kissing them.”

Forcing yourself on female staff by kissing them?   What an absolute idiot.

Mind you, he probably expects to go on leave on full pay so he can prepare his press conference where he claims he did nothing wrong and is just a victim of women that can’t take a bit of Christmas party cheer.

 

– Cherie Howie, Herald on Sunday


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