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Nerisha Singh 'ghosted' by corporate SA after exposing sexual harassment

10 January 2020 5:18 PM
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Grant Thornton SA sexual harrasment claims

Former director Nerisha Singh says she's felt the costs of speaking out.
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It was almost two years ago when former director Nerisha Singh went public about her experience of sexual harassment at Grant Thornton SA.

She has not found a job since.

In March 2018, Singh told CapeTalk and 702 about how her employment was terminated at the accounting and consulting firm when she laid a complaint of sexual harassment.

RELATED: How Grant Thornton SA allegedly covered up sexual harassment

It's been 22 months and she says the costs of breaking her silence have been high.

Singh has written an article in the Business Day revealing how she was ghosted by corporate SA for speaking out about her sexual harassment.

She says corporate SA does not appear to have the courage to challenge the culture of victim shaming and blaming.

RELATED: Grant Thornton CEO Paul Badrick steps aside amid sexual harassment probe

The forensic specialist has more than 10 years’ experience. She has four law degrees, including ones from Cambridge and Oxford, and she's months away from completing her PhD in law at UCT.

The costs of speaking out have been high, especially with regards to my career prospects.

Nerisha Singh, former director - Grant Thornton SA

It's something that I'm really struggling to accept because what's happening to me should never happen to any woman in the workplace. What happened to me was not my fault.

Nerisha Singh, former director - Grant Thornton SA

Despite the odds being stacked against me, I'm not prepared to give up on my career.

Nerisha Singh, former director - Grant Thornton SA

The consensus is clear, going public about sexual harassment in the workplace is a career-ender.

Nerisha Singh, former director - Grant Thornton SA

Listen to her open up about her story on Afternoon Drive with John Maytham:


10 January 2020 5:18 PM
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Grant Thornton SA sexual harrasment claims

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