A story came out a couple of days agoÂ that shows the problem with our employee grievance industry.
A Hamilton woman who lost a sexual harassment complaint against her former boss after he slapped her bum has been ordered to pay him $5000.
Hamilton woman Ella Newman, 23, will appeal the Employment Relations Authority decision that quashed her sexual harassment claim and the decision to make her pay.
I don’t know who advised her, but this should never have got this far.
Especially when the Herald reported the following comment from ERA member Anna Fitzgibbon.
Authority member Anna Fitzgibbon rejected those claims, calling Ms Newman an unreliable witness and questioning why she did not complain earlier.
It sounds like she just made stuff up and was an ‘unreliable witness’, probably looking for a Christmas bonus or a trip overseas.
If she had such an unreliable claim, you would hope her lawyer would tell her such.
Unfortunately many employees like her use groups like Community Law, often light on lawyers, and assume employers are wrong no matter what. They then stumble along making the matter worse and fail to speak the truth to their client. Â Read more »