The Employment Relations Authority has upheld a personal grievance for unjustified dismissal brought by an employee after they were made redundant. The ERA found that the employer had decided to save money by getting rid of the employee and without any consultation gave the employee a letter of termination (by leaving it on their keyboard).

The failure to consult with the employee over a proposed redundancy meant that the employee had no opportunity to comment on the redundancy and it was therefore an unjustified dismissal.

The ERA awarded the employee $15,000 compensation for the hurt suffered from the poor process. The employer would have been able to justify the redundancy on economic grounds, so if they had got the process right they would have saved themselves a lot of time and money dealing with the claim.

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