If I was employing a nanny to look after my kids I’d want them spoken to properly, not sworn at, and I’d want her to drive safely…but the ERA thinks that is ok to do both, swear at children, and drive unsafely.
The irony here is that it appears ok to swear at kids, but you still can’t smack them.
A nanny who was fired after the five children she looked after claimed she swore in front of them and drove too fast has been awarded almost $6000 for unfair dismissal.
In an Employment Relations Authority ruling, member Michael Loftus sided with Kate Fisher, who was dismissed in June 2011 by the children’s mother Carrie O’Brien.
She had been working as a casual nanny on an “when-required” basis for Ms O’Brien but claimed it was a committed, ongoing arrangement – a point Ms O’Brien disputed.
Ms Fisher worked three or four afternoons a week for the Wanaka family and later took up cleaning duties to earn more money.
However, problems started when the children started complaining “about the way Ms Fisher drove and alleging she swore in their presence”, said the ERA finding.
Ms Fisher was unfairly dismissed because her employer didn’t discuss the issues with her and there was no attempt to find out what happened or why the decision to dismiss was made, Mr Loftus found.
He ordered Ms O’Brien to pay Ms Fisher $1779 in lost wages and $4000 as compensation for humiliation and hurt feelings.
Oh the poor wee thing..hurty feelings…for being sacked…wonder how the family can claim for emotional distress caused by a shouty tart masquerading as a nanny?