Domain to review its workplace culture following 'boys' club' allegations

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Domain Group has told its staff it will undertake a review of its workplace culture in light of allegations that former chief executive Antony Catalano led a “boys’ club” in parts of the company.

In an email to Domain employees on Wednesday evening, acting executive chairman Nick Falloon pledged to undertake a review of its “working environment” following an article published in The Australian Financial Review on Wednesday.

An unnamed male manager quoted in the article described Domain’s Melbourne operations as “like working in an office in the 1980s” and claimed Mr Catalano called female employees “doll” and “babe”.

Mr Falloon’s email to staff said they “would have seen the AFR report this morning regarding Domain”.

“Be assured that the board and management are committed to ensuring that Domain is an employer of choice. Our future prosperity is based on the quality of our people and creating a positive, safe and welcoming workplace,” he said.

“We believe Domain has done well in this regard. But we can always do better.

“Accordingly, we have recently commissioned a review of our working environment. We ask that you all participate in this review so we can further improve our workplaces for the future.”

Mr Falloon is also a chairman of Fairfax Media, publisher of The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Financial Review. Fairfax holds a 60 per cent stake in Domain.

Mr Falloon said details of the review and its scope would be provided “shortly”.

Mr Catalano announced his surprise departure from the company in late-January, saying the job was taking its toll on his personal life and that he was unwilling to make his family relocate from Sydney to Melbourne.

The announcement, two months after the company had floated, caused a sharp drop in the company’s share price and sparked speculation as to whether there were other reasons for his resignation. Domain shares closed at $3.03 on Wednesday.

Mr Catalano was unavailable for comment.

This article was originally published by The Sydney Morning Herald’s Business Day. Read the original here, or follow Business Day on Facebook.

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