First National CEO denies sexual harassment

First National CEO denies sexual harassment

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Stacey Moseley

The head of a national real estate company has fiercely denied accusations of sexual harassment.

Karen Panna, a former employee at First National Real Estate, has accused the network's CEO, Ray Ellis, of inappropriate behaviour towards her during her employment.

Ms Panna worked with the company for three years as the national commercial manager. However, after successfully claiming workers compensation she was fired.

Speaking with the Herald Sun - the publication to first run the story - First National’s lawyer, Alan Read, said Ms Panna's employment was terminated while she was off on leave - but not because of her WorkCover claim.

"Ms Panna's employment was terminated on the unanimous resolution of the board of directors," Mr Read said.

According to a spokesperson from First National, the network strongly denies the allegations made against Mr Ellis.

“The board of directors and senior staff unanimously support Mr Ellis and the network intends to defend the allegations vigorously,” it told Real Estate Business.

Stacey Moseley

The head of a national real estate company has fiercely denied accusations of sexual harassment.

Karen Panna, a former employee at First National Real Estate, has accused the network's CEO, Ray Ellis, of inappropriate behaviour towards her during her employment.

Ms Panna worked with the company for three years as the national commercial manager. However, after successfully claiming workers compensation she was fired.

Speaking with the Herald Sun - the publication to first run the story - First National’s lawyer, Alan Read, said Ms Panna's employment was terminated while she was off on leave - but not because of her WorkCover claim.

"Ms Panna's employment was terminated on the unanimous resolution of the board of directors," Mr Read said.

According to a spokesperson from First National, the network strongly denies the allegations made against Mr Ellis.

“The board of directors and senior staff unanimously support Mr Ellis and the network intends to defend the allegations vigorously,” it told Real Estate Business.

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