Summer Salvato

PHOTO: Summer Salvato is the former director of Sweeney Real Estate Yarraville. She now works as an advocate for a safe work environment for women. Photo: Stephen McKenzie

A confidential settlement has been reached between Melbourne real estate agency Sweeney Estate Agents and a former director of the company, after a years-long case alleged sexual harassment in the workplace.

Summer Salvato, who was a director of Sweeney Real Estate’s Yarraville office, had accused the agency and its male directors of overseeing a misogynistic and sexually inappropriate culture.

In a claim lodged with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal in 2018, Ms Salvato made a number of accusations of inappropriate behaviour against directors of the company.

All were rejected by Sweeney Estate Agents and former chief executive and founding partner Darren Dean, who said in 2018 Ms Salvato’s claims would be denied and defended in court. 


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