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Fairly dismissed for swearing at the boss

Decisions about swearing in the workplace are often some of the more unpredictable decisions in the Fair Work jurisdiction. In this case, the employer succeeded in defending its decision to dismiss an employee by demonstrating that the employee had previously been warned swearing in the workplace prior to his dismissal. The Fair Work Commission heard…

Care still required for probation terminations

An employee has been successful in a general protections claim following his employer’s decision to terminate him inside the employee’s probation period. Prior to the termination, there was a confrontation between the employee and his supervisor about the employee not being present at his desk. The employee subsequently contacted the employer’s HR department about the…

FWC rejects workplace bullying claim and dismisses unfair dismissal application

The Fair Work Commission has dismissed an unfair dismissal application made by an employee involved in a physical altercation with another employee.  The feature of this claim was that the Applicant proceeded to claim that he had been the victim of workplace bullying. In short, after a verbal exchange between the Applicant and another employee,…

Employee awarded $62,000 for unfair dismissal after calling his boss a “w#nker”

In Cronin v Choice Homes, the events leading up to the dismissal began with an office wide email received by Mr Cronin, regarding the business owner’s new Lamborghini purchase.  Mr Cronin responded,  attaching to his reply a document purporting to be his bosses “original resume” and which included, within the hobbies and interests sections reference…