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

The employee worked in a retail shop and was told the shop would be closed for repairs for three days so not to come to work those days.

When passing the shop she saw that the shop looked to be in the process of being abandoned but her employer told her no decisions on closure had been made.

The ERA said that the employer should have kept her informed of the position with closure and entered into consultation with her about possible redundancy, or hours at another store.

The ERA held the employee was entitled to resign due to the complete breach of trust by the employer over the closure of the shop.

Lost wages of $2,472 plus compensation of $3,000 were awarded.