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Tribunal backs sacking after male-on-male harassment

The FWC has upheld the dismissal of a 63-year-old male employee who sent text messages calling a 37-year-old male colleague his "bitch" and "toy boy" and threatened to "molest" him and squeeze his testicles until it made him cry.

Employer not required to pay idle workers at fire-damaged mill: FWC

A Tasmanian wood mill operator that stood down its workforce after this year's bushfires has established that even though its agreement requires workers to be paid for time lost due to such natural events, it does not have to pay them if it is because of bushfire-damaged machinery.

Vodka and lie justified flight attendant's sacking: FWC

An experienced Qantas flight attendant who surreptitiously downed a quarter of a bottle of vodka on an 11-hour flight has failed to overturn her dismissal, with the FWC agreeing with the airline that she breached critical safety standards before trying to lie her way out of trouble.

Whistleblowers broke the code, says CFMMEU

The CFMMEU's code of conduct requiring officers to "publicly defend" colleagues, refrain from casting aspersions and deal with all concerns internally forms the basis of the union's defence in a court case involving two former organisers who claim they were ousted for whistleblowing in a media interview.

FWC upholds sacking for fraud

The FWC has upheld the dismissal of a National Australia Bank employee for fraudulent lending practices, rejecting her assertion she had been made a "scapegoat" for the bank's Hayne Royal Commission woes.

FWC backs sacking of worker who told HR manager "you are nothing"

The FWC has upheld fashion designer Alex Perry's dismissal of a long-serving patternmaker/sample machinist for threatening and intimidating behaviour towards his female colleagues, including an HR manager he described as "nothing".


Employer pays for "sham" job proposal

A small employer must pay almost $15,000 to a former part-time worker it sacked for rejecting an "inflexible" full-time job proposal the FWC concluded had been designed to "get rid" of her.

Employee compensated for "callous" post-merger dismissal

An accounts officer who returned from leave to find her desk had been cleared has been awarded $7690 in compensation for her employer's "callous act" in making her redundant without any warning or consultation.

Husband's Slack attack no reason for dismissal: FWC

The FWC has lambasted an employer's outdated views on marriage after it sacked an IT specialist whose husband railed against its managing director via team messaging application Slack, but nonetheless slashed her payout by $56,000 on re-hearing her unfair dismissal application.