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One-off pot smoker's sacking went off the rails: FWC

The FWC has reinstated a rail worker sacked for coming to work the day after he smoked his first joint in 30 years and has taken Sydney Trains to task over its purported zero tolerance for drugs.

Sacked airline employee not persecuted over s-xuality: FWC

The FWC on re-hearing a Chinese airline employee's unfair dismissal case has rejected claims that his supervisor persecuted him because of his homos-xuality, instead finding his blatant dishonesty to be a further valid reason for his sacking.


Accused "malingerer" awarded $880K for unlawful sacking

An employer and four company directors have been ordered to pay a former manager almost $900,000 after a court found he was unlawfully dismissed in response to requested pay rises, despite working restricted hours following a car accident.


BHP worker's buckled track fix out of line

The FWC has upheld BHP's dismissal of a track maintenance coordinator who failed to conduct the correct level of risk assessment when a section of rail bowed out on its Pilbara network, rejecting claims he had not been properly educated about the company's guidelines.

"Possible acrimony" not enough to hide worker's identity: FWC

The FWC has rebuffed a worker's bid to remain anonymous in opposing an employer's application to terminate an agreement, finding their concerns of "possible acrimony" did not unseat the principles of open justice.

Police commander targeted homos-xual officers: Tribunal

A tribunal has held that a commander discriminated against officers he described as a "close knit friendship group of homos-xual like-minded" police in a complaint of possible drug use, while clearing the NSW Police Force of any discrimination in its handling of the allegations.

Coles worker's adverse action claim to proceed: Bench

A casual Coles employee who worked his last shift in 2014 due to injury has been given the all-clear to pursue a general protections claim after an FWC full bench found he lodged his application within 21 days of his effective dismissal four years later.

Consultant rejected passage to India: FWC

The FWC has found that a multinational employer did not dismiss a seconded consultant who has refused to return to his Indian base, ruling that permanent residency does not entitle him to continuing employment in Australia.