AMP must come clean on Pahari, says accuser

AMP must come clean on Pahari, says accuser
AMP has made “persistent and misleading” efforts to downplay Boe Pahari’s alleged sexual harassment, according to the former employee at the centre of the claims.Julia Szlakowski alleged the newly crowned AMP Capital boss repeatedly discussed his “limp dick” when she declined his offer to use his credit card to buy clothes, called another employee “a…

AMP has made “power and misleading” efforts to downplay Boe Pahari’s alleged sexual harassment, based on the mature worker on the centre of the claims.

Julia Szlakowski alleged the newly topped AMP Capital boss usually mentioned his “limp dick” when she declined his provide to exhaust his credit rating card to raise dresses, referred to as one other worker “a fag”, and asked her to exhaust an encrypted messaging app so he may perhaps evade AMP’s scrutiny.

Conventional AMP Capital institutional director Julia Szlakowski. 

Ms Szlakowski has demanded the embattled wealth supervisor delivery the “stout text” of her complaint and the findings of an investigation into the allegations to quell “any doubt relating to the seriousness of what took space”.

Ms Szlakowski has detailed for the first time the series of events that prompted the verbalize and challenged now not handiest AMP’s characterisation of Mr Pahari’s habits but also the firm’s competitors that the govt. had apologised for the behaviour.

“I was now not planning to commentary when it comes to this matter due to I imprint my privacy and bear moved on with my life,” Ms Szlakowski said.

AMP has made “power and misleading” efforts to downplay Boe Pahari’s alleged sexual harassment, based on the mature worker on the centre of the claims.

Julia Szlakowski alleged the newly topped AMP Capital boss usually mentioned his “limp dick” when she declined his provide to exhaust his credit rating card to raise dresses, referred to as one other worker “a fag”, and asked her to exhaust an encrypted messaging app so he may perhaps evade AMP’s scrutiny.

Conventional AMP Capital institutional director Julia Szlakowski. 

Ms Szlakowski has demanded the embattled wealth supervisor delivery the “stout text” of her complaint and the findings of an investigation into the allegations to quell “any doubt relating to the seriousness of what took space”.

Ms Szlakowski has detailed for the first time the series of events that prompted the verbalize and challenged now not handiest AMP’s characterisation of Mr Pahari’s habits but also the firm’s competitors that the govt. had apologised for the behaviour.

“I was now not planning to commentary when it comes to this matter due to I imprint my privacy and bear moved on with my life,” Ms Szlakowski said.

“Then but again, after reading the hundreds of statements about these issues from AMP, I with out a doubt feel compelled to defend my recognition by setting the document straight.”

Ms Szlakowski resigned from AMP Capital in 2018 after reaching a settlement with the firm following Mr Pahari's habits in 2017.

The Australian Monetary Evaluate published on 1 July that AMP promoted Mr Pahari to the important thing space in spite of the govt. being penalised $500,000 over the saga.

This month AMP Australia boss Alex Wade resigned after the Monetary Evaluate’s investigations prompted loads of complaints, including allegations the mature govt sent explicit photos to female colleagues.

Following internal outrage and stress from shareholders, AMP chief govt Francesco De Ferrari established a community-extensive integrity space of enterprise and a contemporary “cultural taskforce” to preserve female staff in management positions. He has also appointed consultants to wait on them attain the scheme.

Details bear been conveniently brushed off of AMP’s public commentary, which labeled Mr Pahari’s behaviour as ‘decrease-diploma breaches’.

— Josh Bornstein, Maurice Blackburn major

Then but again, Ms Szlakowski’s commentary raises additional questions on how senior AMP management tackle issues of culture and governance, and how AMP chairman David Murray is discussing the incident with key firm shareholders. The firm is taking a gaze to salvage its sinking recognition amid the disaster and following the bruising it obtained by the arms of Kenneth Hayne’s royal commission.

It also puts the point of curiosity again on the AMP board, which reviewed the allegations against Mr Pahari before selling him before the well-respected head of property, Carmel Hourigan, who has since left the commerce.

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An AMP spokesman said the firm “treated the matter seriously and performed an investigation led by an exterior expert, a QC who specialises in labour and employment law”.

“A couple of the claims weren’t substantiated by the skin investigation. The build breaches of AMP’s code of habits bear been stumbled on applicable consequences bear been applied,” AMP said.

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“Sooner than Mr Pahari’s appointment as AMP Capital CEO, the AMP board and CEO reviewed the matter and the investigation findings and bear been joyful the investigation used to be thorough and the implications applied bear been each and each foremost and applicable.”

Essentially based fully in California, Ms Szlakowski used to be hired in December 2016 as an institutional director of unlisted belongings, responsible of advertising and marketing and marketing infrastructure and debt ideas in AMP’s North American arm, reporting to Mr Pahari, who used to be based in London. She used to be AMP Capital’s first rent within the US for its unlisted commerce and likewise the wonderful girl within the firm’s North American distribution crew.

Then but again, moral six months into the role, Ms Szlakowski filed a seven-page complaint with AMP which alleged a “pattern” of sexual harassment from Mr Pahari that culminated on an evening in Can even merely 2017. When AMP’s folks and culture scheme failed to internally tackle her considerations following an fair overview of the allegations by high British QC, Andrew Burns, of London-based Devereux Chambers, Ms Szlakowski hired exterior counsel to resolve the complaint.

In a commentary in leisurely June following the Monetary Evaluate's investigation, AMP described Mr Pahari's habits as constituting “decrease-diploma breaches” of the firm’s code of habits.

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Statements on behalf of every and each AMP and Mr Pahari said the govt. had “apologised” for the “comments”.

Then but again, Ms Szlakowski’s commentary, made by Melbourne law agency Maurice Blackburn, asserts the habits used to be more severe than AMP is tantalizing to admit, and that Mr Pahari has now not apologised to her.

“The habits Ms Szlakowski alleged failed to constitute an isolated incident of heart-broken judgment, nor straightforward ‘comments’ which can moreover be brushed off as merely ‘dejected’, as AMP and Mr Pahari had described in their public commentary,” Maurice Blackburn said.

Ms Szlakowski said: “I bear never obtained an apology from Mr Pahari.”

Boe Pahari usually advised that he would recall Julia Szlakowski utilizing in his Ferrari during Europe, based on Ms Szlakowski's commentary.  David Rowe

In discussions with as a minimum one foremost AMP shareholder in July, Mr Murray claimed the fair investigation regarded at nearly 10 allegations by the mature AMP Capital worker, of which nearly half bear been substantiated, and of which the opposite half weren’t.

Then but again, Maurice Blackburn major Josh Bornstein, who has reviewed key documents tied to the fair investigation, said Ms Szlakowski's true legend used to be permitted by AMP.

The problem, Mr Bornstein said, used to be that the investigation findings doc AMP supplied to Ms Szlakowski even handed “every interaction” between Mr Pahari and Ms Szlakowski as a “discrete matter”, and now not as half of “all of the direction of habits” engaged in by Mr Pahari, although the behaviour used to be “unwanted sexual behaviour” and used to be “half of a series of events of unwanted sexual behaviour”.

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On high of this, the outline of the four confirmed breaches as “decrease-diploma” clouded the indisputable reality that Mr Burns’ investigation stumbled on a range of severity in Mr Pahari’s behaviour. One allegation used to be stumbled on to be “minor” harassment, one other used to be “reasonable”, whereas two bear been stumbled on to be more severe incidents of “harassment” with out a “nullifying qualifier”.

“These facts bear been conveniently brushed off of AMP’s public commentary, which labeled Mr Pahari’s behaviour as ‘decrease-diploma breaches’, thereby trivialising a severe case of sexual harassment,” Mr Bornstein said.

Along with Maurice Blackburn, which is representing mature mates of mature High Court docket Justice Dyson Heydon who bear accused the reach to a resolution of sexual harassment, Ms Szlakowski has also enlisted Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe in New York.

That law agency represented mature Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, the excessive-profile American tv host who helped recall the #MeToo movement world when she sued her mature boss Roger Ailes in a $US20 million lawsuit.

In step with Ms Szlakowski’s commentary, from an early stage in her employment, she used to be warned that workers bear been expected to head out every time Mr Pahari used to be in city.

As she typically left events early, Mr Pahari, who had probed her relating to the age of “the oldest man she had ever dated”, tended to commentary that Ms Szlakowski used to be one to “persistently roam away me by 8pm”. Mr Pahari, 58, is form of two decades older than Ms Szlakowski, who used to be about 36 years of age on the time of the incident.

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Mr Pahari also usually advised that he would recall Ms Szlakowski utilizing in his Ferrari during Europe and that “he felt extremely effective silly the wheel of a Ferrari and wanted Ms Szlakowski to with out a doubt feel that way too”.

The evening in build a matter to befell in Can even merely 2017, after Mr Pahari insisted Ms Szlakowski wing to London for a crew assembly – the 2d in two weeks and at a fee to AMP of $US10,000. The ask for her to shuttle used to be made in spite of the needs of her US-based boss, after Mr Pahari made it sure that Ms Szlakowski used to be required to assassinate the high-tail.

After every day meetings on this time out, Mr Pahari inspired staff to affix him at eating locations and bars, including at an Asian restaurant in Mayfair referred to as Horny Fish, and for the period of the direction of one evening, Mr Pahari spoke but again relating to the “oldest man she dated” in entrance of her colleagues.

“She recoiled and changed the self-discipline to her wedding plans in a conscious effort to discourage him, to no avail,” the Maurice Blackburn commentary said.

Later that evening at a nightclub, Mr Pahari used to be dancing on a desk and typically asked Ms Szlakowski to affix him, and after he would now not recall no for an reply and declining loads of times, she relented. Video proof of the incident, tendered to the investigation, captured Ms Szlakowski burying her head in her arms before she stepped down after about 10 seconds.

'Ferrari club chums'

After this, Mr Pahari insisted Ms Szlakowski escort him to London's most secretive members-handiest club, LouLou's, to fulfill his ”Ferrari club chums”. When Ms Szlakowski asked whether or now not the comfort of the AMP Capital crew would be joining, Mr Pahari, without hesitation, said: “No.”

Documenting the match in her subsequent complaint to AMP, Ms Szlakowski recorded: “It’s miles terribly problematic, and in all probability prohibitive, to expose a one who holds the keys to your future: ‘No.’ Mr Pahari then disappeared before I’d judge of a well mannered technique to decline. I did relate goodbye to my colleagues but failed to relate I was leaving with Mr Pahari. In that moment, I felt compromised but what different did I with out a doubt bear?”

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Ms Szlakowski’s commentary goes on to portray that as they obtained into a taxi collectively, Mr Pahari said to her phrases to the terminate of: “If handiest I met you three or five years earlier, Julia.” To which Ms Szlakowski spoke back: “Weren’t you married three or five years within the past.”

“Mr Pahari overlooked her commentary, laughed and went on to negate phrases to the terminate of ‘You most most certainly can moreover very well be moral sooo in love with [your fiance] …’ Then he repeated how he wished they had met sooner.”

Amongst other “startling comments” made for the period of the taxi time out, Mr Pahari is asserted to bear said he would “mentor” and “toughen” Ms Szlakowski, that she should unruffled circulation to London in spite of now not having any commerce connections there, and referred to at least one of Ms Szlakowski’s colleagues derogatorily, saying phrases to the terminate of: “The problem there is that [he’s] a fag.”

At LouLou’s Ms Szlakowski used to be given Mr Pahari’s credit rating card to raise drinks and used to be asked to “activate WhatsApp” as “AMP used to be in any other case ready to read all emails and text messages between them on firm-issued phones”, and later the govt. inspired her to stay longer in London.

After strolling Ms Szlakowski again to the Westbury Resort at 3am, Mr Pahari entreated her to lengthen her follow a promise he would recall her to dinner on the slay of the Shard, the city’s tallest constructing. Mr Pahari also personally extended Ms Szlakowski's resort booking.

I had two decisions: alert AMP or quietly resign.

— Julia Szlakowski

After explaining she hadn’t packed spare dresses, Mr Pahari told Ms Szlakowski to exhaust his credit rating card, saying: “Get yourself a pleasant dress and heels.”

In step with the commentary, Mr Pahari said: “Julia, I assassinate critical additional cash than you assassinate. Blueprint terminate it, unless you’re offended. But I supplied, and likewise you bear the card. Taking it again now, after I’ve already made this provide, is as humiliating as if I had a limp dick.”

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Mr Pahari is then purported to bear twice additional repeated the phrase “limp dick”.

After chickening out to her room, Ms Szlakowski referred to as her fiance “in a extremely distressed recount”. It used to be for the period of this time, between 3.29am and 3.35am, Mr Pahari referred to as and texted her loads of times. But Ms Szlakowski packed and left for the airport.

After submitting her complaint to AMP, Ms Szlakowski used to be subjected to an “exhaustive” investigation, for the period of which she used to be widely interviewed relating to the matter.

Quickly before she resigned in March 2018, Ms Szlakowski claims she used to be told by a colleague that Mr Pahari used to be said by other members of AMP to bear been “exonerated” by the investigation.

AMP's two decisions

“Submitting a complaint of sexual harassment against my high boss used to be one of many most tense decisions of my life,” Ms Szlakowski said. “But I had two decisions: alert AMP or quietly resign.”

“Now AMP has two decisions: it will continue to downplay a credible sexual harassment complaint, which impugns all survivors, or recall action to result in lasting and meaningful commerce,” Ms Szlakowski said.

“In making the complex resolution to talk out, I stumbled on braveness within the phrases of one of my heroes: silence is a scourge and the most extremely effective weapon of your harasser,” she said.

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“If anybody has any doubt relating to the seriousness of what took space, I’d welcome the firm releasing the stout text of my complaint and the findings of the investigation.”

Reflecting on AMP’s initial public statements relating to the matter, Mr Bornstein said he had within the origin believed Mr Pahari had “told crude sexualised jokes” or “something of that nature”.

“It’s miles obvious that the firm’s public statements are unsuitable and misleading due to they trivialise what took space to Julia Szlakowski,” Mr Bornstein said.

He also criticised the investigative direction of for “setting apart and decontextualising” hundreds of aspects of the alleged habits, which resulted within the final direction of now not reflecting “the severity of the case”.

“There may be nothing in AMP’s public statements that acknowledge that Ms Szlakowski used to be sexually careworn and traumatised and that her profession with the firm used to be in reach carried out due to what took space,” Mr Bornstein said.

“For instance, the findings doc confirms that an allegation that ‘BP asked personal questions on males JS had dated’ used to be appropriate. Then but again, the investigation finds, ‘Now now not harassment. The questions weren’t offensive, humiliating or intimidating’,” he said.

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Mr Bornstein said AMP's investigation findings doc supplied to Ms Szlakowski “robbed” substances of the complaint of its significance due to isolated incidents failed to gape that Mr Pahari used to be critical older than Ms Szlakowski, that he used to be her boss, that his habits used to be unwanted sexual behaviour, and shaped half of a series of unwanted sexual behaviour.

“In an analogous style, the investigation permitted that Mr Pahari gave Ms Szlakowski his personal credit rating card, asked her to talk with him by technique of WhatsApp whereas at a non-public club within the early hours of the morning, but but again concluded that it used to be ‘now not harassment’,” he said.

“AMP’s disingenuous reach to this matter has misled the public, workers and shareholders relating to the intense nature of the sexual harassment complaint against Mr Pahari.”

And, seizing on comments made by AMP Capital chairman John Fraser, who said Mr Pahari used to be promoted due to he “made rather about a cash for the firm and his staff”, Mr Bornstein said the commentary helped present why it’s usually the girl “who has suffered the sexual harassment” that ends up leaving the space of job.

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