The Employment Relations Authority has awarded an employee over $21,000 after the employee was unjustifiably dismissed.

The employee raised a personal grievance after his employer accused him of breaching company policy which amounted to serious misconduct.

The employee responded to the allegation saying that he had acted consistently with the training he received when he first took the role, and common work practise.

The ERA found that the company did not have a proper policy or procedure and relied on the job training. The ERA found that the employee had been improperly trained and had not been instructed to depart from his training.

The ERA awarded the employee over $9,800 in lost wages plus $12,000 in compensation for humiliation, loss of dignity and injury to feelings.

Alan Knowsley
Employment Lawyer