Allegations of sexual harassment at TVNZ

I was sexually harassed by a senior manager when I working at TVNZ in 2010. He organised a lunch then cancelled all the attendees except for me. He started skulling Peronis and kept telling me to keep up with him… all the while asking me why I never wore low cut or tight tops.

I went to the loo, he followed me in, pinned me against the wall and started trying to grope/kiss me and said he’d booked a motel room across the road. Thankfully I was able to shake him off. I ran out of the restaurant, down Parnell Rise and into a taxi.

A couple of days later I decided to talk to the head of HR at TVNZ about it – she was female. I booked a time with her, told her I wanted to make an official complaint because I had been sexually harassed by an executive.

She burst out laughing and said “Don’t be ridiculous Andi. I haven’t had anyone allege they’ve been sexually harassed for over 20 years. No-one will believe you.”

I got up and walked out. I tweeted that because this still happens every day.

TVNZ should respond to these allegations.

They are historical claims but there at least needs to be assurances that this sort of thing would be properly dealt with now.

8 Comments

  1. Blazer

     /  3rd March 2019

    ‘said he’d booked a motel room across the road. ‘…such confidence!👀

  2. Finbaar Rustle

     /  3rd March 2019

    Story sounds fake

    • Blazer

       /  3rd March 2019

      think you may be right.She seems like a serial moaner,was outraged by female mannequins FFS!

  3. Pink David

     /  3rd March 2019

    “I went to the loo, he followed me in, pinned me against the wall and started trying to grope/kiss me and said he’d booked a motel room across the road. Thankfully I was able to shake him off. I ran out of the restaurant, down Parnell Rise and into a taxi.”

    This is actually sexual assault, and a matter for Police, not HR.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  3rd March 2019

      Exactly. If HR was told that and ignored it either they were complicit in the offending or had good cause to disbelieve Brotherton.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  3rd March 2019

        The latter, I’d say. It sounds a bit far-fetched, especially the cancellations for everyone but her. If this happened, it would be easy to prove.