The FWC has spelt out the perils of supervisors expressing feelings for subordinates in a case where an engineer claimed she was unfairly dismissed after rejecting advances from a colleague who wanted to "get into her pants".
The FWC has ordered a labour hire company to return a casual mineworker to her former position at a BHP Coal mine, despite late evidence that the mining giant that ordered her removal won't consider reinstatement.
An Aboriginal corporation has been ordered to pay total compensation of $67,503 to three cultural heritage field officers sacked after failing to prove ancestral connections, including $15,000 in general damages for "emotional upset".
In a case alerting labour hire companies to the dangers of carrying out dismissals at a client's behest, the FWC has opened the way for a casual labour hire mine worker to seek reinstatement after WorkPac took a directive to remove her as "a fait accompli".
The FWC has criticised an employer for directing a worker to manage her relationship with a "predictably volatile" supervisor, finding she was unfairly dismissed in the wake of a "screaming match" and ordering her reinstatement.
A restaurant that required a chef to work more than 20 unpaid hours a week and summarily sacked him when he sought to pare it back and take leave was "blissfully unaware" of its award obligations, the FWC has found.
In an instructive case on managing conflicts of interest, the FWC has found a money management company had a valid reason to sack a budget specialist who failed to disclose his casino visit to stop a client and friend from blowing his inheritance, but an HR manager's actions rendered it harsh.