GROUP Seven operations manager Peter Mehl will not be sacked following a racist comment at the recent junior AGM.
Group Seven president Roy Mills downplayed the issue, saying Mehl would not be stood down but will undergo ongoing counselling.
"Both Peter and I have apologised to the league and the particular club which made the official complaint - who we are also lining a meeting up with in the coming weeks," Mills said.
"Peter is also being counselled for the matter.
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"At the end of the day, it was an off the cuff remark that I don't believe warrants someone losing their job over.
"Obviously any decision like that has to be made by the board, which I'm a part of but in my opinion, no further action needs to be taken - we are all looking to move on."
Mills also downplayed the impact of the comment, stating it wouldn't have a negative impact on the Group Seven competition.
"Everyone makes mistakes in life and I'm sure Peter will learn from this," Mills said.
This comment saw Mehl, accompanied by Group Seven director Allan Carroll, meet with NSWRL region manager (Southern) Kevin Felgate and St George Illawarra Dragons CEO Brian Johnston on Tuesday.
It was at this meeting at the Steelers Club where an action plan started to be developed to ensure something like this didn't happen again.
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According to the Human Rights Commission, casual racism is:
"Like other forms of racism, casual racism can marginalise, denigrate or humiliate those who experience it. Harm can occur even if conduct isn't motivated by hate or malice.
"Research demonstrates that racism can have adverse effects on people's physical and mental health. It can cause anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and high blood pressure.
"Racism can also exclude the target from wider society - it sends a message that they aren't welcome.
"It reinforces social barriers and attacks the dignity of the victim as an equal member of society.
"It can undermine civility and social cohesion."
Mills, Mehl and the rest of the Group Seven committee will convene at the Kiama Leagues Club next Wednesday evening for the senior AGM.