A FORMER Commonwealth Bank employee has told a court the sexual advances of one of the bank's senior executives and his bullying and alienation after she rejected him was "the most disrespectful thing a man can do. Vivienne Dye said she was "flattered" by the attention of Michael Blomfield, a married father of two in charge of the banks local business banking division. But she did not wish to have a one night stand with him. Ms Dye, a former public relations manager at CBA yesterday told the Supreme Court Mr Blomfield tried to kiss her when he walked her home following after work drinks in June and had discussed them having an affair and leaving his wife on another late-night walk in August.
Hayne royal commission: Banks confess to forgery, bullying, sexual harassment
Australian Financial Review
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Her position was made redundant, and later, she made a claim to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission that she had been sexually harassed by two senior executives, Mr Michael Blomfield and Mr Angus Patterson. In April , her allegations were published in the media around Australia. The two senior executives were named. Commsec also offered to assist the executives, if they wished to take steps to clear their names.
A decade of banking's dirtiest laundry has been aired after the Hayne royal commission published summaries of misconduct stretching back 10 years, revealing disturbing new incidents of fraud, overcharging, theft, privacy breaches, assault and sexual harassment. The dump of documents occurred just hours after Commonwealth Bank chairman Catherine Livingstone and Westpac chairman Lindsay Maxsted delivered unqualified apologies to shareholders in an attempt to restore trust to the battered sector. But the acknowledgements of wrongdoing and the commitments to do the right thing were overshadowed by the publication of more than documents written by financial institutions detailing misconduct in response to Commissioner Hayne's late request. Among the examples of bad behaviour by the banks and their employees: incorrect charging of fees, market manipulation, procurement scams, money laundering breaches, privacy breaches, sexual harassment, fraud, forgery, public intoxication, theft, assault and more. The package of banking's greatest hits from between and also included additional submissions made by the banks in response to requests for more information.