Date: May 03 2012
A former Commonwealth Bank business analyst ordered to pay almost $6 million in legal fees after losing a sexual harassment suit against her former employer has only a mobile phone and a computer to her name, a court has heard.
Vivienne Louise Dye sued the bank and its online broking arm, CommSec, for sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination in the Federal Court, claiming that two senior employees sexually harassed her.
In a scathing judgment in March, Justice Robert Buchanan found against Ms Dye, describing her as a fantasist and liar who had a ''venomous desire for revenge''.
She was ordered to pay the bank's $5.85 million legal costs on an indemnity basis, meaning the bank can recover all its costs, rather than the two-thirds usually awarded.
Ms Dye has launched an appeal based in part on Justice Buchanan's conduct during the 94-day trial.
Ms Dye's barrister, Peter King, admitted Ms Dye would probably be unable to pay the bank's legal fees if the appeal was dismissed.
The matter was stood over until June 13.
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