After an examination into complaints about his behaviour in the workplace, Tony Danker, the leader of the Confederation of British Industry, has been fired with immediate effect as a result of the findings of the investigation.
After being approached by the Guardian over a formal complaint that was filed in January as well as a number of claimed informal complaints of concerns over his behavior, the CBI decided to employ a legal firm to examine him. This came after the Guardian informed the business group about the allegations.
The business lobbying organisation stated that it want to make it abundantly apparent that Danker was not the topic of other complaints that were recently revealed by the Guardian. The other charges, which were made by more than a dozen different women, suggest that senior members within the group engaged in a variety of sexually inappropriate behaviours.
Having said that, the board of directors of the CBI noted that they had reached the conclusion that Danker’s behaviour “fell short of that expected of the director general.”
In a statement, the group said the following: “We apologise to the victims of this organisational failure, including those impacted by the revulsion we have all felt at hearing their stories.” Nobody should ever have to worry about their safety on the job.
Rain Newton-Smith, who most recently served as the top economist for the CBI before leaving that position, will take over for Danker.
According to a previous article by The Guardian, the official complaint against Danker was lodged by a female CBI employee in the month of January. It is well knowledge that she asserted that he made inappropriate physical contact with her, which she interpreted as sexual harassment on his part.
Following the receipt of the complaint, Danker continued, at first, to fulfil his duty as the organisation’s representative in the media and at public events.
Previously, the CBI had acknowledged to the Guardian that it had received a formal complaint about Danker’s “workplace conduct,” but that the organisation had decided against escalating the issue into a disciplinary procedure.