The FWC has allowed an aviation industry employer to engage a lawyer to defend a "complex" unfair dismissal claim by an employee it sacked for allegedly using a fake Facebook profile to proffer his support for the ISIS terrorist group.
The FWC has ordered an employer to reinstate a sewer cleaner who left a message calling a colleague a "f---ing scab" for refusing to participate in industrial action, but it has declined to order restoration of his lost wages.
A Qantas pilot, who blamed a spiked drink for his groping of a female flight crew member during a Santiago lay-over, has had his unfair dismissal claim rejected by an FWC full bench for the second time.
The FWC has upheld the dismissal of an employee for a relentless six-week email campaign in which he made a "deliberate and concerted effort" to discredit IR and ER employees after his demotion for "racial bullying" of an Indian-origin colleague he claimed was "smelly".
A long-serving GM Holden employee sacked for working on his investment property while dishonestly claiming workers' compensation has lost his entitlement to retraining and a redundancy payment of up to $180,000 when the company closes its manufacturing operations next year.
A forklift driver who broke his employer's "golden rules" by operating his vehicle while a customer was in an exclusion zone has failed to convince the FWC that his dismissal was unfair, after supporting evidence from a customer collapsed under cross-examination.
The NSW IRC has found that even if it had found an employee was unfairly dismissed, his Facebook posts calling his employer a "bastard" and "criminal", after the dismissal, would have ruled out reinstatement.
An FWC full bench has quashed a finding that BHP Coal unfairly dismissed an employee due to shortcomings in procedural fairness, after finding it reasonable for the company to have "leanings or inclinations" on sanctions to apply when its investigation indicated the worker had engaged in serious misconduct.
The ATO's sacking of a debt collection manager with almost 30-years' service has been upheld by the FWC after it found her failure to lodge personal tax returns over four consecutive years amounted to serious misconduct that warranted dismissal.