An employee was made redundant within hours of her employer gaining New Zealand residency. The employer bolstered his application for permanent residency by employing a New Zealand citizen.

The Employment Relations Authority upheld the employee’s personal grievance claim for unjustified dismissal.

The ERA held that the employer failed to act as a fair and reasonable employer could in all of the circumstances by not providing the employee with an opportunity to participate in the process which led to her dismissal.

The employee was not provided with any information about the employer’s financial situation, and was unable to comment on the situation.

The ERA ordered the employer to pay the employee $5,400 for lost wages plus $10,000 in compensation for humiliation, loss of dignity, and injury to feelings.