So we have another executive resigning over allegations of sexual harassment and it all gets hushed up. The woman has obviously got a payout and what ? Is that the end of the matter is it. Who paid the payout, where did the money come from.Taxpayers again? All this crap with respecting privacy is a smokescreen for accountability. WE do not need the gory details but any payments etc need to be made transparent who, why and when.
He was only there a few months, normal Aussies are working their guts out all year to earn a wage. Did this bloke get a nice payout for doing next to nothing (well we do know he did something) I imagine he will get some other high paying power job in the near future from one of his mates, with a slap on the back and a big welcome back…It is a joke
In a statement released this afternoon, the MFB said Mr Fountain tendered his resignation this morning, which was accepted by the MFB Board President and former police commissioner Neil Comrie.
‘’As soon as the Board became aware of the allegations, swift and decisive action was taken to investigate the matter,’’ the statement read.
‘’This matter has now been resolved to the satisfaction of the complainant and in accordance with the complainant’s request for confidentiality no further details of this matter will be released.
‘’As both parties to this situation have requested their privacy be respected, no further statement will be made by MFB.’’
“There has been no formal allegation or complaint lodged by the lady who was the subject of that workplace harassment,” he said.
“A settlement has been negotiated with that lady between herself and the board of the MFB.
“At her request, the terms of that remain confidential simply because she does not wish to be identified with regard to these most unfortunate events.”
Mr Ryan said he had made it clear to the MFB that workplace harassment was not acceptable.
“The solution that has been reached today (and) the settlement that has been negotiated is appropriate in those circumstances,” he said.
Mr Fountain has only been in the job since April after he was unanimously appointed in February.
He spent 20 years at the CFA and rose to become the Deputy Chief Officer of the CFA.
Most recently, he was the CEO of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport.
Deputy Chief Officer Shane Wright will act in the role of CEO on an interim basis