Piccolo blasts for excuse of ‘office banter’ in apology letter

Light member Tony Piccolo is accused of bullying former intern Bradley Johnson at the Gawler Voter’s Office between January and December 2018. The allegations resulted in an internal party investigation of Mr Piccolo as well as an external investigation. In a letter sent to Mr Johnson on Friday, Mr Piccolo said he “sorry (Mr Johnson) did not have a more positive experience while working as an apprentice.” “On considering your concerns, I can see how, over time, the atmosphere within the Electoral Office has become overly casual, sometimes in the form of overly casual, longtime employees who get along well with each other. knew, who were engaged in light office banquets,” wrote Mr. Piccolo. “I now understand that as a new young employee, I should have had more respect for what this office environment could have been like. You had an impact.” While no intention of making you feel uncomfortable in the workplace Yes, I accept your stated concerns that the jokes in the office, the behavior of the employees and some of the comments I make will negatively impact you.” In an earlier letter sent to Labor Leader Peter Malinouskas, Mr Johnson claimed Piccolo made inappropriate remarks about his weight in front of other employees, and “sent personal emails criticizing my work and copying in all staff members.”, and joking at my expense. ’” Mr Johnson said Mr Piccolo’s letter was not really an apology for the alleged conduct of Mr Piccolo or his staff. could be,” he added. does not understand. “How he thinks commenting on my weight is a ‘joke’ is beyond me.” Treasurer Rob Lucas, whose portfolio oversees voter officer affairs, said Piccolo was refusing to be interviewed by a government-appointed investigator looking into the allegations. The government’s investigation will continue and we can only urge Mr. Malinouskas to instruct or order that Mr. Piccolo make himself available for an interview. “It is clearly very disappointing that the alleged apology to Mr. Johnson is unacceptable. Our investigation will certainly continue into Mr. Johnson’s allegations.” Labor has refused to release the results of an internal report into the bullying claims launched by the party in August. Labor Secretary of State Reggie Martin previously said the report completed by an Adelaide law firm was confidential.

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