An employee was forced to resign after her employer continually deducted 30 minutes from her daily wages in order to cover breaks which the employee was not allowed to take.

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

The ERA noted that the employee had notified her employer of the discrepancies and had requested to be properly paid. The employer failed to remedy the situation, despite having a statutory obligation to respond to, and address the employee’s concerns.

The ERA held that the employer’s actions gave the employee no option but to resign.

The ERA ordered the employer to pay the employee over $3,200 for lost wages plus $4,000 in compensation for humiliation, loss of dignity and injury to feelings. The employee was also awarded more than $2,000 for wages that were improperly deducted.