The Employment Relations Authority has upheld a personal grievance claim for unjustified dismissal.

The employee had stormed out of work and threatened to bad-mouth the employer.  The employer got in first and sent an email around the town making allegations about the employee’s behaviour.

The ERA held that the employee was unjustifiably dismissed and set the award of damages at $4,000.  This was reduced by 25% to $3,000 because of the employee’s behaviour that started the whole process.

No lost wages were awarded because the employee had made no effort to find other work.

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