A multinational company has been ordered to pay $160,000 to a former executive sacked over concerns about his capacity to return to work, despite its HR manager's insistence it was "insulting" to suggest the employee's depression played any part in the decision.
The ailing 86-year-old director of a newspaper publishing company has been ordered to pay $27,500 to a journalist he sacked seven years ago, a day after he refused to withdraw a complaint to the Fair Work Ombudsman over underpayments.
A former GM Holden engineer is suing the company for adverse action, sham contracting and coercion, alleging it reduced her redundancy payout by more than $20,000 when she refused to sign a separation agreement without continuity of service covering her time as a contractor.
The owners of a Coffee Club café franchise have been fined more than $180,000 for taking advantage of a desperate 457 skilled visa worker who they first refused to pay and then forced to hand back $18,000 under threat of ending his sponsorship.
The Human Rights Commission has recommended an employer update anti-bias policies that provided insufficient guidance on how to avoid discriminating against an employee with a prior conviction for selling drugs.
A software business manager must pay almost $10,000 in fines and $200,000 in costs for his copyright infringement and "flagrant" breaches of his employment contract when he copied his employer's confidential files and worked for a competitor during his gardening leave.
The FWC has found a delivery driver fingered by a colleague as being involved in a theft ring was unfairly dismissed because his sacking coincided with his complaints about entitlements and workers' health and safety.
An FWC full bench has expressed "grave reservations" about a member's assessment of compensation for a dismissed worker, in a case that illustrates the limits to the assistance the tribunal can extend to self-represented litigants.
In a decision that canvasses how much assistance the FWC should provide to unrepresented parties, a full Federal Court has found an employer was not denied procedural fairness when the FWC dismissed an appeal notice that was more "diatribe" than pleading and didn't tell the employer to fix it.