Employer to challenge discrimination finding

The man accused of sexual harassment against the former Queenstown female truck driver awarded more than $63,000 missed the opportunity to defend his case due to a ''communication breakdown'' between him and his lawyer.

Justin Marshall, who was managing director of Cromwell-based Thunderbird One Ltd when Rachael Lee Harrington worked for the company, had now acquired the services of lawyers Duncan Cotterill, a statement said yesterday.

Mr Marshall instructed the lawyers to review the decision and determine his rights of appeal so he can defend the claim.

''Mr Marshall believes that it is only fair that he has an opportunity to defend the accusations,'' the statement from Duncan Cotterill said.

In a determination dated April 24, Ms Harrington was awarded more than $63,000 by the Employment Relations Authority for being sexually harassed, discriminated against because of her gender and unjustifiably dismissed from her job.

Mr Marshall is not the former All Black and broadcaster Justin Marshall.

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