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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Employment Court says Text message dismissal unjustified

The Employment Court at Nelson has upheld an Employment Relations Authority decision finding a salad bar worker was unjustifiably dismissed when she was sacked by text message after being accused of stealing on her second day on the job. Chief Employment Court Judge Graeme Colgan upheld the ERA decision awarded Amberleigh Howe-Thornley more than $6000 in compensation. The ERA was told Ms Howe-Thornley applied for a job at Salad Bowl in Nelson after the company advertised for someone to operate a [...]

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Emails to workmates sink ERA excessive work case

A Southland woman's emails to friends from her workplace computer indicating she was slacking on the job have rebounded to bite her. Bridgett King, a former employee of J&R Pumps Southland, which trades as Waterforce, claimed she was required to work excessive overtime in order to complete her duties. She took her case to the Employment Relations Authority, but lost after evidence she had emailed her friends from work saying she had done "bugger all work all day" and was "just [...]

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