A disgruntled, sacked employee received more than he bargained for when he took his dismissal to the Fair Work Commission.
The employee’s claims of harassment, intimidation and bullying at the hands of his employer failed to impress the FWC, especially when the tribunal heard details of the employee’s insubordinate and abusive conduct towards management.
Read on to find out what the employee did and what the FWC said about it – including the employee’s use of the c-word.
The FWC has unleashed a scathing attack on this employer’s HR department for leaving two inexperienced employees in charge of a workplace investigation that resulted in the summary dismissal of an abusive employee who had physical contact with a co-worker.
Despite having a valid reason for the fighting employee’s dismissal, a range of additional circumstances made the summary dismissal ultimately unfair.
The moral of this story is that an employer must not forget fair procedural requirements, even when a dismissal appears more than justified.
The Department of Defence found its workplace investigation of an IT worker and subsequent dismissal under fire from the Fair Work Commission.
Despite relatively serious allegations of excessive personal internet use in the workplace, when the employer’s HR investigation was put under the FWC’s microscope a number of fundamental flaws were exposed.
An important lesson for any employer who wants to be able to stop employees whiling away their work hours surfing the internet.