Grant Kelley, the previous boss of purchasing centre big Neighborhood Centres who abruptly left the corporate following two separate findings of sexual harassment and a dysfunctional office, has met legal professionals to think about authorized motion in opposition to the corporate.
Kelley instructed this masthead: “I’m reserving my authorized rights,” confirming he has met legal professionals however is restrained from saying an excessive amount of. Nonetheless, he strongly denied he was pressured to go away the corporate due to the sexual harassment grievance.
On Tuesday, it was revealed that Kelley was the topic of an inside inquiry by Neighborhood into allegations that he made repeated inappropriate and sexual feedback to a former co-worker Marie Festa, who on the time was Neighborhood’s head of company affairs.
Festa made a lot of allegations in opposition to Kelley, together with that he made intrusive feedback about her attractiveness and boasted to her about his sexual conquests.
Kelley had beforehand introduced in October that he was retiring from the chief govt function inside the subsequent six months, however a day earlier than the group’s November 15 annual shareholder assembly, it was introduced he would step down the following day after the assembly, simply earlier than the allegations surfaced.
Neighborhood says it expedited his retirement after a few of the allegations raised have been confirmed and an inside assessment revealed a dysfunctional office and discord arising from a few of Kelley’s behaviours.
“We take allegations of misconduct very critically and observe a strict protocol to deal with considerations as and when they’re raised,” Neighborhood mentioned.
Kelley mentioned he co-operated absolutely with the sexual harassment investigation. He denied the allegations and mentioned he maintained that denial. “My determination to go away my function at Neighborhood has nothing to do with these allegations or the investigation,” he mentioned.
“Whereas I’m not joyful in the best way during which all of it occurred, it has allowed me to get on to my new initiative and that’s good for everybody.”