How bullying accusation could still hurt Diane Maxwell

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Publish Date
Thursday, 23 May 2019, 8:42AM
Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell has been cleared of bullying. Photo / File.

Free to return to work, but it's considered unlikely that the Retirement Commissioner will land another high profile role.

An investigation was launched into Diane Maxwell, after two written complaints alleging bullying behaviour.

It's found she did not bully staff, but she herself admits it indicates some staff had difficulty with her communication style.

Employment relations expert, Max Whitehead, told Mike Hosking despite the claims having no legs, any employer would now see her as a risk.

He says it alerts all the employees to 'be on standby' - and if anything arises, it's likely to lead straight to a complaint. 

Maxwell is back at work today and her term ends on June 30.

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