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Elite Private School’s ‘sex Toys & Porn Room’ Revealed In Harassment Claim

Elite private school’s ‘sex toys & porn room’ revealed in harassment claim

A groundskeeper at an elite private school claims to have been subjected to sexual harassment in a ‘sex toys & porn’ break room.

The groundskeeper claims his supervisor constantly harassed him, including displaying sex toys, porn magazines and women’s underwear in the room.

The harassment became so bad, the man subsequently attempted suicide, The Herald-Sun reports.

The groundskeeper has filed a claim in the Federal Court against the college and his former supervisor, seeking compensation in addition to an apology.

Ivanhoe Grammar’s Ridgeway campus in Melbourne is one of the state’s most elite schools.

Sexual harassment and victimisation

Hamish Connor worked as a groundskeeper at Ivanhoe Grammar’s Ridgeway campus in Melbourne until the school made him redundant in 2020.

He claims his supervisor at the time, Brad Geraghty, subjected him to a relentless campaign of sexual harassment and victimisation.

He also claims his redundancy happened as a result of his complaints to the school’s HR department about Geraghty.

Hamish Connor is seeking damages and an apology in the Federal Court.

Elite private school’s ‘sex toys & porn room’ revealed

According to court documents, Geraghty displayed three dildos, “numerous” porn magazines and women’s underwear and bras in a break room.

He also allegedly posted drawings of Ivanhoe staff members, including one with a picture of Connor with the words “Hamish is Gay”.

Connor claims Geraghty teased him with the dildos and said “take these home and you can have some fun because you’re not having it at the moment”.

On another occasion Geraghty hung shiny silver leggings from the roof and allegedly said,  “Hamish, you should take these home and put them on with your girlfriend. You’d probably look nice in them and you might get an extra point tonight.”

Connor additionally alleges that the supervisor tried to give him test tubes filled with a white substance.

Geraghty said words to the effect of “take this home, [a colleague’s] sperm is in there. Take it home with your partner and use it because it looks like you’re having trouble having a baby.”

Mr Geraghty allegedly displayed three dildos, “numerous” porn magazines and hung women’s underwear and bras in a break room.

Complaints to HR

Conner complained to the college’s Human Resources department, and as a result, they removed the offensive posters. However they left the clothing, dildos and porn.

Following the action, Connor claims Geraghty confronted him and accused him of “dobbing” him in.

He was then either ignored or made to work alone, and called a “c**t”.

When Connor complained about his supervisor swearing at him, HR told Geraghty to stop.

In February 2019, Connor said he again complained to HR, before being hospitalised after a suicide attempt a month later and diagnosed with PTSD.

The college made him redundant in 2002 – he alleges this happened as a result of the complaints he’d made against his supervisor.


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Unlawful and completely unacceptable

Employment lawyer Stephen Dryley-Collins said he is appalled by the alleged conduct.

“While the court will determine this matter, in general terms, the sort of behaviour alleged in this case is unlawful and completely unacceptable,” he said.

“Not only can the perpetrator of such conduct be held legally liable for their actions, but so can their employer, which in this case would be the College, which is why it is also named in the legal action.”

Mr Dryley-Collins said sexual harassment can take many forms, including inappropriate comments or intrusive questions.

It can also include displaying offensive material, such as pornography, underwear and sex toys.

“Both men and women can experience sexual harassment,” Mr Dryley-Collins said.

“It is not about gender, it is about power, and it is commonly used to belittle and disempower someone in the workplace.”


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School response

Meanwhile, Ivanhoe Grammar School Principal Gerard Foley provided a statement to The Herald-Sun:

“Whilst the School is unable to comment on specifics regarding the allegations as the matter is before the Court, the School finds the alleged conduct completely unacceptable, and not reflective of the standards and values of the School or the professionalism demonstrated by staff on a daily basis.”

The school assured parents that students did not have access to the ‘sex toys & porn’ break room.

It also confirmed “objectionable” items had been removed when the school became aware of them, and that Geraghty is no longer employed at the college.

A hearing date for the case is yet to be set by the court.


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