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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Sep 26

Worker wins case against boss who smashed truck window

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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…

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Sep 3

Air NZ Flight Attendant Wins Unjustified Dismissal Case

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Former Air New Zealand flight attendant Gina Kensington, who was forced to hand over her bank and Facebook records by the ERA has won her case against the airline. Ms Kensington was dismissed from her long haul flight attendant job when she defied her manager’s instructions and took domestic leave to care for…

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Aug 30

Liquor Stores fined $200k for ripping off workers

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Two Auckland liquor stores and a dairy owned by businessman Ala’a Bader have been ordered to pay more than $200,000 in wage repayments and fines for breaching employment law. The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) has found that the companies that operate Civic Convenience, Symonds Liquor and Sky Liquor, underpaid some of their staff…

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Aug 29

Company fined for exploiting migrant workers

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Auckland company Shynday Kitchen and bathroom have been found guilty of exploiting migrant workers and ordered to pay compensation totalling $23,065. The¬†Employment Relations Authority (ERA) found that the Shynday factory ¬†breached good-faith obligations when it dismissed two Chinese employees. Following and anonymous complaint a labour inspector visited the factory on 11th April this…

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Aug 26

ERA rules no compensation for sexual harassment claimant

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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…

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Aug 19

Employment Court says Text message dismissal unjustified

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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…

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Aug 14

ERA upholds psychiatric worker dismissal for assaulting patient

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The Employment Relations Authority has ruled that a psychiatric assistant who forced an autistic patient to the ground and held him in a head lock was justifiably dismissed. Lopiseni Takataka was employed at a regional forensic psychiatric and rehabilitation service run by the Waikato District Health Board (WDHB) for just over two years.…

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Aug 14

Migrant workers take employer to ERA over exploitation claims

Posted by Dave Griffith

Auckland company E-Advance Ltd is being taken to the Employment Relations Authority by five staff migrant workers who claim they have been exploited. The workers claim they were not paid wages, had to ‘invest’in the company and some ended up living in the company offices because they could not afford to pay for…

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Aug 11

ERA forces sacked worker to give up Facebook and bank info

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An Air New Zealand flight attendant has been forced to surrender Facebook pages and bank account statements by the Employment Relations Authority. The ERA is hearing Gina Kensington’s personal grievance claim for unjustified dismissal by Air New Zealand over alleged abuse of sick leave in March this year. Kensington claims she took the…

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