A top Equity Bank manager linked to sexual harassment of interns has been replaced. Interns accused him of sexual harassment through social media posts. Public in Facebook posts last month.

The bank in a statement said the manager made inappropriate advances at some female interns on the Equity Leaders Programme — which offers internship in the bank branches and scholarships in top global universities.

The company got wind of a discussion early last month that interns were having on their group’s Facebook pages. It entailed concerns related to sexual harassment and or assault by staff and fellow interns during their internship at the Bank and the Equity Group Foundation. The leadership team then convened a board governance committee meeting which resolved and created an institutional framework to address the concerns raised.

The bank, through its designate chairman David Ansell will Wednesday post a statement in Facebook indicating that the manager has been dismissed.

This followed month-long investigations after the interns through social media posts on October 3 made sexual harassment allegations against the manager.

“The Group is committed to maintaining the confidentiality of both the claimants and the accused. This said, the Group has taken necessary measures in line with its policies and procedures, including disciplinary measures, and in some cases termination/separation of employment of certain staff,” a statement signed by Mr Ansell said.

“Furthermore, we confirm that the claimants who presented their concerns have been individually contacted and informed of the outcome of the process, and offered all necessary support.”

Sexual harassment at the workplace was thrust to the global limelight recently after tech giant Google revealed that in the past two years 48 people including 13 senior managers were fired for similar offences.
Google also had to fight accusations that it gave $90 million exit package to Andy Rubin after the then-senior vice president was accused of sexual harassment, sparking workers protests. Equity reckons it will bring on board an external agent to provide staff and interns a channel to report cases of sexual harassment anonymously.

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“Sexual harassment/assault in the workplace is totally unacceptable. We at Equity Group have chosen to share our experience openly and raise awareness on this issue of public interest,” Mr Ansell said.

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