I’d prefer not to wade into the David Garrett sexual harrassment fiasco, but having seen his pathetic blame-shifting in the media I’ve got to call bullshit on him.
Both Garrett and his boss Rodney Hide have been downplaying the sexual harassment with the excuse that Garrett was an oil rig worker for ten years, so it’s all just a big “steep learning curve” for him and he’s bound to make mistakes.
Aside from the class prejudice that assumes being working class is an excuse for being a bigot, this simply doesn’t stack up. David Garrett’s been an employment lawyer longer than he’s been an oil rig worker.
By his own admission in Parliament he’s been a successful employment lawyer for 15 years, in New Zealand for most of the 1990s and then more recently in Tonga:
As I said earlier in my first contribution, I have practised employment law for 15 yearsâ€”since it became a specialityâ€”mostly, in fact, representing employees successfully, very successfully.
He goes on to describe himself as an “aggressive employment lawyer” who “knew his stuff”.
The idea that this guy doesn’t know what’s inappropriate workplace behaviour is ridiculous. He knows exactly where the line is, and he crossed it. Time to stop making excuses and accept some personal responsibility.