A bottle shop attendant told by her manager that she would not be able to work in a bar while pregnant because it was "a bad look" has been awarded almost $40,000 in compensation and penalties, a court finding there was "no doubt" the employer breached adverse action provisions.
An academic found to have been unlawfully dismissed by James Cook University over criticisms of prominent climate research has been awarded more than $1.2 million, the presiding judge excoriating the institution over its "egregious abuse of power" and public statements intended to "sow doubt" about his findings.
Two excavator operators who allegedly belittled trainees with "foul tirades" that left them so shaken one walked off the job have won compensation, the FWC finding their dismissal was procedurally unfair.
The self-described former general manager of a "car solutions" company has been given another opportunity to pursue an adverse action claim after the Federal Court found a lower court judge denied him a procedurally fair hearing while also ordering he pay unsought legal costs.
The FWC has declined to reinstate a worker found to have been unfairly sacked for refusing to participate in fingerprint scanning, partly because he wanted to "continue to agitate" his concerns about the issue, while it has also warned him against any further "contemptuous" and "rude" conduct towards tribunal members.
A Canadian company must pay party-party costs after failing to seek advice from Australian employment law experts in contesting a former Sydney-based project manager's unfair dismissal claim, its chief executive instead rejecting a settlement offer as "parasitic and disgusting".