This doesn’t seem legal to me



via The Daily Blog

See how your sniff test works on this:

Two receptionists have lost their jobs at Maori Television because they cannot speak Te Reo Maori.

Maori Television chief executive Paora Maxwell said the new requirement for receptionists to be bi-lingual was part of a structural change in the organisation.

“As part of ongoing work to connect role outcomes to vision, the Finance and Administration team is undergoing some structural changes,” said Mr Maxwell. …

Mr Maxwell said this was a reflection of Māori Television’s commitment to increasing the status and visibility of te reo Māori.

“Māori Television has undertaken a realignment of its strategy to support its vision for Māori language to be valued, embraced and spoken by all New New Zealanders,” he added.

When you are employed to do a job for a stated set of requirements, can the company then arbitrarily insert a new requirement?   And since you can’t fulfill the requirement, you can be fired?

Seems to be a shady way of going about it.   Let’s say you are an entertainer that juggles, and you were hired for your juggling, but then the entertainment company that employs you has a new vision that means that you also need to do tight-rope walking.   If you can’t, you’re fired.

Come on lay-lawyers, tell me if this is going to get Maori TV dictator and all round potty mouth Paora Maxwell into trouble with the law.


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