An employee’s personal grievance claim for unjustified dismissal has been upheld by the Employment Relations Authority.

The employee worked for a drilling firm, and was told to get her restricted driver’s licence as soon as possible. No time frame was given.

The ERA held that the employer did not act as a fair and reasonable employer would have in the circumstances. It failed to inform the employee of a time when she needed to get her licence by, and failed to fully investigate why the employee did not have her licence.

The ERA awarded over $7,900 in lost wages plus $7,000 compensation for humiliation and distress.