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Boss sued for 'sexually harassing employee and forcing her to model underwear'

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The allegations have been made against Millionaire Philip Harry Goodman, He is the sole director and a shareholder of Rivers Australia, which has 150 stores across Australia. He denies the allegations’
Robinson, who was employed at Rivers' head office in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn from September 2009 to July 2010, alleged Goodman patted her on the bottom and grabbed her breast.
She also alleges he required her to model underwear for him without anyone else being present.
Robinson also alleges her boss required her to spy on competitors by wearing glasses fitted with cameras to covertly photograph goods and displays.
She is seeking damages against Goodman and Rivers in the Federal Court, but lawyers for Goodman and Rivers denied the claims. They allege she has a history of bipolar disorder and suffered a range of ailments and conditions during her time with Rivers, including alcohol abuse.
Goodman and the firm say Robinson at no time modelled underwear or was naked, but that she insisted on trying on underwear samples in front of Goodman. They claim it was part of her duties as accessories product developer to try on samples. 
 

Last changed: Nov 12 2011 at 9:13 AM

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