Marty Sharpe reports:
A real estate agent caught going through a client’s underwear drawer has complained to the Human Rights Review Tribunal that his privacy has been breached.
The man was found guilty of a “gross breach of privacy” by going into a client’s bedroom drawer and handling her underwear shortly after an open home in September 2012.
His name and any identifying features, such as the location of the property, are suppressed.
The man lost his job and surrendered his real estate licence shortly after the event. The Real Estate Agents Authority (REAA) charged him with misconduct.
As well as being a real estate agent, the man was a registered valuer from the mid-1990s. The valuer-general, who oversees valuers, received a complaint about the man in connection with the same incident.
When the valuer-general wrote to the REAA last August advising that he was investigating the matter, the authority advised that the man had surrendered his licence and provided the valuer-general with the complaint file.
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