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August 31, 2018

Grant Thornton Johannesburg CEO cleared to return to work

Paul Badrick has returned to his post at Grant Thornton Johannesburg after being cleared of sexual harassment in an independent review.

Badrick had stepped down from the firm in June after an accusation against him was made during a separate investigation by Grant Thornton International (GTI).

The GTI investigation was looking at a separate case of sexual harassment, this time involving former director Nerisha Singh being harassed by the Grant Thornton Johannesburg former head of forensics, and the firm’s response to it.

Singh also sued the firm over what she felt were its failings in dealing with the harassment. Grant Thornton Johannesburg said this case had since been settled ‘amicably’ out of court.

Concluding the investigation, the GTI said at the time: “The investigation highlighted certain issues in the Johannesburg firm that indicated the firm’s leadership, in those instances, did not meet the global values and leadership standards we expect our member firms to uphold.

“The Johannesburg firm’s management failed, in these instances, to address inappropriate behaviours that were at odds with what we expect from our senior leaders.

“As a result, certain individuals felt their behaviour would be excused or ignored, instead of being dealt with head on.”

The firm ran an independent legal review through legal firm Norton Rose Fulbright into Badrick after allegations against him came to light during GTIs investigation.

With this resolved, Badrick has been able to re-join the firm.

Although Grant Thornton Johannesburg is currently a member of GTI, since the GTI investigation, it has been revealed the firm is due to leave the network and join BDO South Africa. The move is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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