Worker unjustifiably dismissed over ‘theft’ of sausages

The great Northland sausage heist?A Far North man who worked with the intellectually disabled was wrongfully dismissed after being accused of stealing sausages from a work Christmas BBQ, but the Employment Relations Authority said the man's "significant contribution" to the situation meant he was not entitled to any compensation for the wrongdoing. Jack Lemon worked for Idea Services - which provides services for people with intellectual disabilities - as a community support worker at its Moerewa facility until he [...]

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Worker wins case against boss who smashed truck window

An employer who smashed the window of an employee's work truck because the worker was suspected of stealing diesel has been ordered to pay $5600 compensation by the Employment Relations Authority. The worker, William Tuhura, won his claim for unjustified constructive dismissal against Action Plumbing, Gas and Drainage Services Limited. Mr Tuhura began working for the company as a drainlayer in 2009. His boss, managing director Daniel Board, became suspicious that Mr Tuhura was taking diesel bought with a work fuel [...]

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ERA rules no compensation for sexual harassment claimant

A hospitality sales cadet who was sexually harassed by her co-workers has not received any compensation from her employer, after alerting the company to the harassment only in her resignation letter. The woman - whose name was suppressed by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) - was employed by the unnamed Auckland company between February 7 and April 30 last year. The woman raised a personal grievance with the ERA on the ground of sexual harassment, and said her resignation amounted to [...]

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Company fined after employee loses toes in wharf accident

Northport Wharf - WhangareiNorthland Stevedoring Services Limited has been fined $37,500 today following an accident at Northport Wharf, which resulted in an employee on his first day at work having three toes amputated. The company has also been ordered to pay $15,000 in reparation after the accident on 15 November 2010. The Whangarei District Court heard that the employee’s right foot became trapped between the wharf buffer and a vessel as he passed a piece of timber to a colleague. “Just as [...]

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Public Servant wants compensation over motel sex accident

A public servant in Australia who was accidentally injured while having sex at a motel on a work trip is appealing a finding she is not entitled to compensation. Her representative,Leo Grey, has told a federal court there was no suggestion she had engaged in any misconduct. He said her injury occurred during "an ordinary incident of life commonly undertaken in a motel room at night". The woman, who cannot be named, was injured when a glass light fitting came away [...]

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