Good Morning, MTs! Hope your Monday’s going well. I must admit, I did devour the news of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky’s wedding. It’s got it all, right? Glamour, politics, and I’ve always felt sort of a cousinly affection towards Chelsea. She’s close in age to me, so I did identify with her, and I always admired the fact that she had to wear a public image involuntarily, but did it without committing peccadillos.
I loved the shot that was on top of this story in The New York Times, because it kind of symbolizes to me what a wedding can be about. Chelsea and Marc look so pleased with themselves, and I love the grin on Hillary’s face in the background. And that fuscia? Wow! Love it! Don’t bother reading the article – all I can say is “bowl of cream for Cathy Horyn’s table.” Catty. Meeow. So what if Chelsea didn’t push fashion boundaries? Maybe she just wanted to, you know, look beautiful on her wedding day.
In other, more sordid news, corporate Australia is in for an interesting time. A publicist for Australian department store David Jones has sued the company for A$37m (about US$35m) after allegedly suffering sexual harassment at the hands of the company’s former CEO, Mark McInnes. In April, McInnes abruptly resigned as CEO and said he did so because he behaved in a way that disgraced the company’s reputation. It quickly emerged that a woman had alleged he had sexually harassed her. Well, now that woman, Kristy Fraser-Kirk, 25, is suing the company and McInnes. The figure she has chosen represents 5% of David Jones’ profits and 5% of McInnes’ salary as the firm’s CEO. To quote this article:
David Jones sex harassment case: publicist sues for $37m BELLINDA KONTOMINAS
August 2, 2010 – 3:32PM
Accused … Mark McInnes Photo: Nicolas Walker
A woman who claims that the former head of David Jones sexually harassed her has spoken of the personal and professional impact the matter has had on her life.
Kristy Fraser-Kirk, 25, a junior publicist who is suing former David Jones chief executive Mark McInnes and the retail giant for about $37 million, said the alleged harassment had been devastating.
Speaking at her Cremorne home in Sydney this afternoon, Ms Fraser-Kirk thanked her family and friends who supported her decision to take legal action.
Kristy Fraser-Kirk … issued a statement of claim.
“I’m a young woman standing here today simply because I said it wasn’t OK, because I said that this should never happen to me or to anyone,” she said.
“I just wanted to be treated with respect.”
Ms Fraser-Kirk’s allegations forced the resignation of Mr McInnes.
In a landmark claim lodged today in the Federal Court, Ms Fraser-Kirk is seeking 5 per cent of the profits made by David Jones and 5 per cent of Mr McInnes’s salary while he worked for the company.
If successful she will donate the money to a charity that helps victims of sexual harassment and bullying, the statement of claim said.
Ms Fraser-Kirk alleges she informed David Jones management about Mr McInnes’s unwelcome advances on several occasions, and on one occasion was told: “Next time that happens, you just need to be very clear and say ‘no Mark’ and he’ll back off.”
The article goes into further detail, including, allegedly, graphic e-mails sent by McInnes asking Ms. Fraser-Kirk to come to his house. Ruh-Roh, Shaggy. I wish Ms. Fraser-Kirk a lot of luck; although nothing’s been proven at this time, it would take a huge deal to bring about a resignation like McInnes’. I hope she gets what she wants out of this, and furthermore, corporate Australia is put on notice about sexual harassment in general.
So, what’s going on with you?