The Commonwealth Bank has denied bullying and retrenching a former general manager for revealing a scheme allowing colleagues to artificially boost bonuses, claiming also that his actions did not qualify for whistleblower protections and that he cannot pursue his claim under the terms of his deed of release.
The FWC has rejected an employer's claim it did not summarily dismiss an apprentice by text, describing a later email in which the teenager was told "we are holding your position open" as a "retroactive" attempt to characterise the worker as having quit.
An employer who failed to record a worker's serial misconduct, provide a written warning or give him an opportunity to respond nevertheless did not deny him a fair go when forcing him to resign following a brief lunch room meeting, the FWC has found.
The FWC has reproached a childcare provider for failing to inform a worker that her past experience in a violent relationship was a "relevant" factor in its decision to dismiss her after she challenged a co-worker to a fight.
The FWC has rebuked a lawyer for his "dilatory" approach to filing a general protections claim, ultimately granting his client a time extension because of the unusual degree of stress and anxiety he suffered as a consequence of his dismissal.
The FWC has thwarted a manager's unfair dismissal claim by assessing his earnings as $315.02 above the high income threshold, rejecting his arguments that his car allowance, annual leave loading and mobile phone should be excluded from the total.
In the latest ruling on the distinction between independent contractors and employees, the FWC has found that a graphic designer whose hours for related small employers were "negotiated" on a weekly or fortnightly basis over almost three years was capable of being dismissed.
An FWC member was "clearly wrong" in concluding a university maintenance worker's threatening behaviour that included driving dangerously on campus fell short of that relied upon by his employer for dismissal, a full bench declared in overturning her finding of harshness.