A company has been ordered to pay more than $5.2 million in compensation, damages and penalties - aimed at deterring unlawful actions by CEOs - for sacking a senior employee for making bullying complaints.
A company director who falsely claimed a health and safety representative was a poor performer and sacked him, after the HSR complained to a safety regulator, denied other employees the important protections provided by the elected role, the Federal Court has found.
Workers are obligated to raise workplace health and safety issues but also to conduct themselves reasonably while doing so, a commission has stressed in the case of a worker claiming he was victimised and sacked for making safety complaints.
A large employer has been ordered to reinstate a worker it dismissed for breaching the "safe habits" prescribed by its traffic management plan, after a commission found its managers unfairly assumed he failed to abide by them because an incident occurred.
A worker who took his young son to work and placed him in a forklift to entertain him "acted recklessly" and showed indifference to his employer's safety policies and liability risks, a commission has found.
A commission has admonished a worker, who was dismissed after repeatedly failing to attend independent medical examinations, for engaging in a "game of semantics" around her employer's requests and stymying its attempts to ensure she was fit to return to work.