Don Manifold – Sexual Harassment, Investigation and More

Don Manifold is the Joint Managing Director of Equity & Advisory. He specializes in providing commercial advice on valuations, mergers and acquisitions and divestments. 

However, before joining Equity & Advisory, Don used to be the Managing Partner of EY in South Australian and Northern Territory. He left the company after an investigation found that he breached some aspects of the firm’s code of conduct. 

Furthermore, Don Manifold had received allegations of sexual harasement. However, they were not substantiated in the investigation.

Initially, The Australian Financial Reviewre had revealed that the firm had suspended Don Manifold and a female staff member over sexual harassment and other allegations. Then, news broke out that Adrian Lazilli of KPMG left the frim when the allegations of sexual harassment were made. 

Adrian didn’t wait for the investigation to complete.

Later, the Chief Executives of both companies came out and reminded their partners and staff to behave properly at work. 

Then, EY chief Tony Johnson sent out an email to staff where he shared the findings of the investigation. Although teh investigation didn’t substantiate the sexual harassment allegations made against Don Manifold, it found several breaches of the firm’s code of conduct. 

Tony had requested people who had been a witness or victim of bullying or harassment to come forward. The firm hasn’t yet resolved the status of the junior female staffer. 

The Results of the Investigation against Don Manifold:

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The investigation lasted for 6 weeks. Tony Johnson said that the allegations of sexual harassment, bullying and victimization against Don Manifold were not substantiated. 

However, they found multiple breaches of the firm’s code of conduct and internal policies. Johnson said the firm takes these breaches seriously. 

He noted that Don Manifold cooperated with the investigation, accepted the findings and resolved the matter quickly as it impacted his family. Then, he offered his resignation from the partnership which the firm had accepted. 

Tony Johnson highlighted that the findings of the investigation related to the staff member will stay confidential. 

Conclusion:

Our sympathy is with the female junior staff member. Also, it’s worth noting that Don Manifold was quite a prominent person at the firm. The company wouldn’t want to expose any of his shady activities as well because it would make the entire upper management look bad. 

It’s obvious there’s something fishy and E&Y didn’t reveal everything. Don Manifold faced negligible consequences of his terrible actions as he has now become Joint Managing Director of Equity & Advisory. 

What are your thoughts on Don Manifold and his actions?

2.6 Total Score
Abuse of power

Don Manifold had received allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct. However, his firm didn’t fire him for those reasons. Instead, they said he had “violated their code of conduct” so he resigned. Not only is this wrong but also a proof of injustice. The company had suspended the victim along with Don.

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  • Alleged sexual harassment
  • Alleged misconduct
  • Faced virtually no consequences
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    At least Ernst & Young terminated their association with this guy. Don Manifold doesn’t seem like someone who changes his ways because of a professional hiccup. What bugs me the most is the fact that Don was able to get an equally prominent if not better position in another firm immediately.

    Do employers no longer care about these issues?

    According to his internet profile, he is some kind of a globally renowned expert on mergers, acquisitions and divestments. But that doesn’t justify him getting a prominent position even though he has received serious allegations of sexual harassment. This is sad and unfortunate.

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    • IKR, then you have people saying there is no sexism in the corporate world when harassers like Don can keep switching companies when they feel like it.

      Equity and Advisory should really look into this case.

  2. Any updates on the story? Did Don get arrested? I hope he did.

    • Nope. He didn’t get arrested. Instead of getting punished, he got a high level position at Equity and Advisory. It’s sad really because it shows no matter what laws we have, they are worthless of they are not enforced. Don Manifold is a criminal; he deserves to be punished.

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    Don Manifold predator
    June 1, 2022 at 8:57 am
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    Money is everything. If he had been some poor folk or dare I say, a POC, he wouldn’t be roaming around scot-free. Nope. He would be rendered unemployable by most corporations or worse, thrown in jail.

    I’m surprised at how nobody talked about this sexual harassment case. Either Don Manifold is well-connected or he got extremely lucky. I think the former is a more probable possibility.

    The girl deserves justice nonetheless. This is no way to treat a case of sexual harassment. The company just buried the case by saying he violated their code of conduct. I call BS on that.

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  4. I feel sorry for the girl. She must have went through hell. I hope she was able to recover from this traumatic experience 🙏

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      Don Manifold predator
      June 1, 2022 at 9:19 am

      It’s truly sad. But what’s worse is that Don didn’t face any serious consequences for harassing a young female subordinate. the company didn’t find anything wrong in that. They didn’t want him to seem like a predator so they claimed there was no evidence of any such wrongdoing. That’s just the reality of today’s society I guess.

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