The Sunday Mail (Queensland)




A FIT­NESS model who claimed her boss at a Bris­bane bank called her “sexy” and “hot” and sug­gested her boyfriend “should go eas­ier” on her dur­ing sex has set­tled her case out of court.

Mary Mol­loy, 23, a body­builder from St Lu­cia, was set to at­tend a me­di­a­tion hear­ing for her claim against the Com­mon­wealth Bank and for­mer boss Frank Lopez on July 29.

The me­di­a­tion didn’t go ahead and two days later her so­lic­i­tor Jake Boghos­sian filed a for­mal no­tice of dis­con­tin­u­ance to with­draw the claim al­leg­ing un­law­ful dis­crim­i­na­tion.

Queens­land Deputy Dis­trict Reg­is­trar Katie Lynch dis­con­tin­ued the mat­ter that day, doc­u­ments state.

It is not known if Ms Mol­loy re­ceived any pay­ment from the bank as part of a con­fi­den­tial set­tle­ment.

Mr Lopez was Ms Mol­loy’s boss and for­mer man­ager of the bank’s flag­ship Queen Street Mall branch.

The for­mer bank teller had claimed the fa­ther-of- three com­pared her to ac­tor Kate Winslet strip­ping nude in a scene with Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic.

Ms Mol­loy al­leged Mr Lopez was a sleaze who openly ad­mired her breasts and joked about her sex life in front of co-work­ers, telling her “your boobs are per­fect”.

But Mr Lopez told The Sun­day Mail he had been “dragged through hell” as he was never able to re­fute the al­le­ga­tions.

“I was never no­ti­fied about the case,” he said. “I’ve been a good man my whole life. I’ve never been in­ap­pro­pri­ate and I’ve man­aged many peo­ple. I am not a beast or an an­i­mal. It’s not who I am.

“I want to put it all be­hind me. The psy­cho­log­i­cal dam­age this has done is mas­sive. If you ask any­one who has worked with me, you might have a dif­fer­ent pic­ture of what I am like.”

Mr Lopez was stood down from his job on July 17 last year and is “no longer em­ployed” at the bank.

He now man­ages a Mount Isa car­a­van park. He says he left the in­dus­try af­ter re­assess­ing his pri­ori- ties af­ter a fam­ily tragedy.

In court doc­u­ments, Ms Mol­loy claimed Mr Lopez re­peat­edly ha­rassed her over sev­eral months in 2013 in­clud­ing by telling her “you look hot wear­ing a dress like that … I love see­ing you in the morn­ing”.

He al­legedly sent text mes­sages to her out­side of work hours say­ing he would kiss her if he was with her.

Ms Mol­loy claimed he com­mented on her dresses and her lip­stick choices, and she felt pres­sured when he asked her to the movies, the state­ment of claim al­leges.

They went to the movies twice and to din­ner. Af­ter one evening out to­gether he al­legedly told her, “I’ll get you where you need to go in the bank”, and chose her for a pres­ti­gious sec­ond­ment.

Ms Mol­loy quit in May last year af­ter she never got a promised pro­mo­tion and pay rise. She lodged the ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions in July, then took the case to court.

In its de­fence, the Com­mon­wealth Bank de­nied Mr Lopez sex­u­ally ha­rassed Ms Mol­loy and claimed his com­ments were “not un­wel­come sex­ual ha­rass­ment” as they were friends.

Ms Mol­loy did not re­ply to re­quests for com­ment.




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