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CBA head of governance turns whistleblower, sues bank

CBA head of governance turns whistleblower, sues bank

by Starling Insights

Starling Insights Editorial Board

Aug 24, 2021


Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) is being sued for violating the whistleblower rights of its head of group governance, Kara Nicholls. After requesting additional resources to deal with the burden placed on the group governance team in the wake of Australia's Royal Commission report, Nicholls claims that her concerns were largely ignored. Despite multiple reviews finding that her team lacked adequate resources and faced excessive workloads, CBA allegedly placed Nicholls on long-term leave late last year and chastised her for requesting additional resources rather than presenting strategic solutions.

When she blew the whistle on the bank's lack of responsiveness to the group governance team's needs, Nicholls argues, she was fired.

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