An employee has been convicted in the District Court of causing loss by deception and has been ordered to pay $19,000 in reparation to his former employer.

The employee had been fired and as he was leaving the premises sent a text to his employer saying “left a little present in the last production”. 

The employer was obliged by its contamination procedures to immediately shut down production and a large export shipment was cancelled and the product was destroyed.  The employee sent a second text 30 minutes later retracting his first message, but by then it was too late and the company’s losses for the missed shipment and lost production were $190,000.

The employee’s parents have re-mortgaged their house to help him pay the reparation ordered.

Alan Knowsley

Employment Lawyer Wellington