The Employment Relations Authority has upheld a personal grievance for an unjustified dismissal and ordered the employer to pay $122,800 wages, $22,000 holiday pay, interest, and $10,000 compensation.

The employee was told by the Managing Director to pay out bonuses to himself and other employees, and he carried out those instructions.  Unfortunately, this left the company short of funds to pay other liabilities.  The company accused him of serious misconduct and dismissed him.

The ERA held that they failed to investigate the allegations before he was dismissed and he had no opportunity to comment on the concerns.

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