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Young falls over harassment issue

By YVONNE McLEAN

THE City Council's sacking of its former economic and cultural development director Greg Young on the grounds of sexual harassment and gross misconduct may not the end of this sad and sorry matter.

Mr Young, who will receive no payout other than due entitlement, has the right to take action on one or more aspects of the dismissal.

The love letters penned by Mr Young to female staff have closed the book on a long career with the Gold Coast City Council.

Unable to come to a decision on Mr Young's fate last week Council called in retired judge James Thomas.His findings were tabled at a closed session of Council last Monday.

After a long discussion Council's CEO officer Dale Dickson announced that Mr Young's behaviour in the letter writing consti- tuted sexual harassment and gross misconduct and his employment was terminated forthwith.

Judge Thomas' independent report will remain confidential.

Whistleblower Cr Susie Douglas said her decision to take the staff complaints further had been justified.

'There must be zero tolerance to this sort of behaviour, she said.

But several councillors are disturbed and angry that the love letters case was played out so intensely in the public arena, claiming the matter was handled all wrong.

Spokesman for Citizens for Democracy Irene Wareing said council had taken too long to reach a decision on the sacking of Greg Young. She said under the Local Government Act there was a Separation of Powers which could have enabled the CEO to handle the issue without councillors be- ing involved.



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