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Roger Sutton case prompts calls for safer workplaces

Critics are continuing to hammer the way the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case has been handled by the State Services Commission.

Critics are speaking out over the handling of the case, while others are backing Roger Sutton. Source: 1 NEWS

But while some warn the case could stop other victims from coming forward, others are still backing the Earthquake Recovery boss who resigned on Monday.

In a case that's dividing opinion, former political journalist and employment lawyer Catriona MacLennan says the claim has been mishandled and the press release sent out by the Commission was "completely inappropriate".

"It's just appalling and Mr Sutton has been given a platform to minimise his behaviour...it's unprecedented."

And Public Service Association national secretary Erin Polaczuk says NZ needs to create workplaces where people feel safe and enabled to make complaints.

While refusing to comment on the specific case, Louise Upston, the Minister for Women, said every workplace should be safe, and sexual harassment and bullying in any work place is unacceptable.

The Human Rights Commission is unhappy and has asked for a meeting with the commissioner.

"One side has minimised the issue, where is the women's voice in this, what sort of support is she getting?," Jackie Blue asks.

In a statement, State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie praised the complainant saying she has held her dignity and kept confidentiality under extremely difficult circumstances.

Mr Rennie says he's happy to meet Dr Blue.

Meanwhile Mr Sutton's sister-in-law, actress Robyn Malcolm, used Twitter to back him, saying he would never "exploit" or "abuse" women.