An employee working in a takeaway shop has been dismissed after getting into a disagreement with her employer over having her iPad out at work. The employer was concerned that the employee might use the device to take photos of the business’ recipes.

The Employment Relations Authority upheld the employee’s personal grievance claim for unjustified dismissed as she was fired on the spot at the beginning of one of her shifts.

The ERA found that the employee had contributed to the grievance by badgering the employer about her employment status in order to find out whether she was being dismissed. The employee had further aggravated the employer by arriving at work not in uniform.

The employer was ordered to pay the employee $3,000 for lost wages and $1,000 compensation plus $750 towards her costs.