McGrath real estate agent Adrian Bo has lost his job after after an independent investigation by the company’s board following a sexual harassment complaint by a staff member.
McGrath CEO Geoff Lucas has tonight sent all staff a letter, passed on by other sources to the Daily Telegraph, advising: “As a result of the investigation, the Board have determined to terminate Adrian’s engagement with McGrath.”
The Daily Telegraph broke the news of the complaint two weeks ago, with Mr Bo strenuously denying the allegation and his model wife, Megan, saying her husband was left “shattered” by the claims of misconduct against a younger co-worker.
Mr Bo said he was on annual leave pending an investigation and Megan said she would stand by her husband, who has a long career as a respected senior agent and auctioneer.
Mr Lucas said in tonight’s letter: “I understand the process has been stressful for a number of people and it has taken some time to arrive at this conclusion.
“However, it has been important to protect the rights of all parties involved and critical that we followed an independent process complying with our code of conduct and the law.”
Mr Lucas also said there was an “ongoing zero tolerance” of any “unacceptable behaviour” within McGrath.
The letter also advised staff that any conversations about the investigation, the recommendations or findings are “unhelpful and hinder our ability to move forward as an organisation”.
He directed staff members who were approached by “any external party seeking comment or information” about the investigation to “provide no comment”.
Any comments made, he said, could result in disciplinary action.