Oct 9

Worker unjustifiably dismissed over ‘theft’ of sausages

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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…

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May 31

Bus driver fired for taking photos of children wins compensation

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A school bus driver fired after taking photos of the primary pupils on his route has won more than $14,500 from the employer who sacked him. John Grant was fired from his job as a Hebberds Bus Services driver for Riwaka School, about 5km north of Motueka near Nelson last September. He took…

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Jan 19

ERA throws out dismissal over pregnancy

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A spray tan specialist was fired by her aunt after she got pregnant, with the aunt telling her clients would find it “disgusting and repulsive” to have services performed by a pregnant woman. The Employment Relations Authority has since ruled that Janita Wright was wrong to dismiss her niece Veronica Kloeten from her…

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Jan 19

Sacked airline pilot fails to get job back

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A pilot sacked after an investigation into a party at his Christchurch flat has lost a long-running fight to win back his job. The pilot, known only as Mr A, was fired by Pacific Blue in May 2010 after a series of investigations into alcohol-related events during his 21 months at the airline.…

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Aug 18

ERA upholds dismissal for taking blank DVD

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A man who took a blank DVD from his workplace for his own use has been found to have been justifiably fired from his job. David Dumolo worked as an information technology technician for the Lakes District Health Board, helping hospital sites in Taupo and Rotorua. In May last year he was dismissed…

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Aug 17

Worker denied compensation despite flawed dismissal process

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A male office administrator fired for sexually harassing workmates at an Auckland branch of Denny’s restaurant has been denied compensation, despite a “flawed” dismissal process. Jose Kifouani was sacked from Denny’s in late 2009 after at least two women complained about his behaviour. Mr Kifouani, discussed sexual matters with them and watched pornography…

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Aug 11

Sacked ‘kissing’ manager sues Microsoft

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A former Microsoft UK manager fired over a kissing incident with a colleague at a conference is suing Microsoft in a London court. Simon Negus, a partner and general manager at Microsoft’s UK was dismissed in September 2010 and is now chief operating officer of Upstream Systems. Microsoft themselves launched a claim against…

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Jul 12

17 staff sacked after taking advantage of faulty ATM machine

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17 staff at Luna Park, theme park in Sydney have been sacked after taking advantage of an ATM machine onsite that was dispensing $50 notes in the place of $20 notes. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that news of the fault spread quickly among employees, and some staff returned to the ATM multiple…

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Jul 6

EMA sacks Alasdair Thompson over “sexist” comments

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The board of the Employers and Manufacturers Association has dismissed its CEO Alasdair Thompson, following his controversial public comments about women’s productivity. EMA President, Graham Mountfort, said the board believed Thompson was no longer able to continue as CEO of the organisation. “We regret that Alasdair’s role with the EMA is ending in…

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Jun 28

Sacking for online chat during work time ruled unfair

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A landscape architect sacked over his use of an email chat service has been found to have been unfairly dismissed, in the latest case in Fair Work Australia to deal with internet and social media use in the workplace. Richard O’Connor was employed by Eltham-based Outdoor Creations but had resigned and was about…

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