An employee working as a floor manager at a Karaoke Bar has had her position terminated after being assaulted by her employer. The employer threw a bottle of water and a box of chocolates at the employee who suffered a cut to the face, and bruising and swelling.

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

The ERA concluded that the assault was absolutely unacceptable, and had irreparably damaged the trust and confidence in the employment relationship.

The ERA ordered the employer to pay the employee $8,000 for lost wages and $1,480 in wage arrears and holiday pay plus $8,000 in compensation for humiliation, loss of dignity and injury to feelings.

The employer was also ordered to pay a $1,000 penalty to the ERA for not providing the employee with a written employment agreement.