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Millionaire Businessman Denies Asking Junior Colleague For Threesome

Millionaire businessman denies asking junior colleague for threesome

A millionaire businessman denies repeatedly asking a junior colleague for a threesome.

The junior colleague is suing her former boss in the Federal Court for $815,793 alleging persistent sexual harassment over 15 months.

She claims she is no longer able to work.

Millionaire businessman denies repeatedly asking for threesome

Brett Thomas, managing director of TFH Hire Services, and former sponsor of the Gold Coast Titans, denies the sexual harassment.

In court documents, he denies asking marketing manager Ashleigh Martinovic for a threesome with his wife and another colleague.

Further, the 54-year-old businessman refutes claims he touched the 24-year-old on the buttocks in the office, and making lewd comments during work meetings.


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The threesome proposals

In addition, Martinovic alleges Thomas asked her for a threesome with his wife, Mieke Thomas, while the trio were in a taxi to their hotel after an industry dinner.

He allegedly said, “how fun it would be if we had a threesome”, to which she responded, “I am the same age as your daughter, no!”.

She alleges Thomas later said to her“age is nothing but a number” and “my wife and I would like to have fun with you” when she worked for him.

She alleges she rebuffed his threesome advances on another occasion by saying “no I respect myself, I respect my boyfriend, I said no”.

Martinovic claims when Thomas proposed threesomes, his wife remained silent and did not rebuke him.

Companies are also being sued

The companies also named in the suit, TFH Hire Services and Black Listed Collections Pty Ltd, deny they are liable for the harassment.

The argue Thomas didn’t harass Martinovic, and further, he was not an employee at the time, and additionally, the alleged incidents did not occur at work.

Thomas denies he was ever Martinovic’s direct boss, pointing instead to his Leesa Gill, and brother Daniel Thomas.

The Federal Court has the matter listed for mediation this Thursday.

No excuse for sexual harassment

Industrial advocate Miles Heffernan said this is no excuse for sexual harassment.

“Sexual harassment can have a devastating effect on victims, and no one has to put up with it,” he said.

“It is sometimes hard for victims to come forward and make complaints, especially if the perpetrator is their boss or supervisor.

“I want victims of this unlawful conduct to know there is help available.”

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