The FWC has ordered an accounting firm to compensate a bookkeeper sacked in a "hopelessly cavalier" fashion via email while pregnant and holidaying overseas, rejecting the employer's claim it was a genuine redundancy.
A gym must compensate a martial arts instructor for taking the "unnecessarily harsh" step of summarily sacking him, despite the FWC finding it within its rights to give him his marching orders for constantly using his phone while supervising classes.
The FWC has rejected the "post fabricated" inventions of a supermarket owner found to have sacked a casual shop assistant because he preferred workers from Asian-speaking backgrounds, ordering full compensation despite claims it would destroy his business.
The FWC has upheld a cattle station's sacking of a director for serious misconduct, finding he paid himself unauthorised leave and failed to inform the elderly business owners of escalating legal fees of more than $1 million.
A TAFE must reinstate a teacher it sacked after he named a prominent local farmer in a lecture about the effects of chemical sprays, the FWC finding that relating a "factual" 20-year-old anecdote did not amount to misconduct.
A long-serving industrial tribunal member has taken aim at an employer's claim that summarily sacking a worker by text was a "generational thing", describing the method as "unconscionably undignified" while insisting that dismissals should always be conducted face-to-face.
An FWC member hearing a jurisdictional objection in an unfair dismissal case wrongly ruled that he should automatically exclude video evidence that he found had been unlawfully obtained, a full bench has ruled today.
An underperforming sales representative has been awarded $36,280 in compensation after the FWC found he was effectively dismissed when his employer sought to "game to their advantage" his request for a demotion.