E tū has welcomed a decision by the Employment Relations Authority that the sacking of its member, Caro McFadden by Nelson’s Gateway Trust was unjustified.
The Authority awarded Caro a total of $21,594.00 – including $6594.49 for lost wages and holiday pay, as well as $15,000 for humiliation, loss of dignity and injury to her feelings.
Gateway Trust provides in-house and out-reach mental health services for people across the upper South Island.
Caro’s job was disestablished following a service restructure and she failed to secure one of three new managerial positions.
She was subsequently dismissed during a period when she was invited to consider a redeployment offer and whilst she was off sick with a doctor’s certificate for stress related to the imminent loss of her job.
The Authority found Caro had been unjustifiably dismissed.
In its ruling it said no fair and reasonable employer would have dismissed her in circumstances where they failed to meet her face to face to discuss her options once she recovered from her illness and learned of her decision in relation to alternative work.
“E tū took this case on behalf of our member, Caro McFadden after her unfair treatment by the Gateway Trust and we are delighted that the decision to challenge her dismissal has been vindicated by the Authority’s ruling. Caro deserves this win,” says Ria Holmes, E tū organiser in Nelson.
In a statement, Caro says the judgement has gone in her favour and she is happy with the outcome.
For more information, contact:
Ria Holmes E tū organiser ph. 027 590 0060