A redundant worker took a personal grievance against her employer and has been awarded over $18,000 in lost wages and compensation for unjustified dismissal.

The employer was selling its business and the new employer did not require the employee so she was made redundant.  She was only given two weeks notice when her contract provided for four weeks.

After she had stopped work (but before the correct notice period of four weeks) the sale fell through.  The Employment Relations Authority held that she should have been offered her job back as the correct notice period had not expired and her position was no longer redundant.

The employee was out of work for 29 weeks and an order was made for the employer to pay her six months lost income ($13,727) plus $5,000 for hurt and humiliation.

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