An accountant sacked over an historic sexual harassment case is suing Bunnings for unlawful discrimination.
Claudio Vergara alleges the hardware giant took adverse action against him based on his social origin.
And furthermore, he claims they did it “forcefully and with outright vengeful intent”.
Social origin discrimination claims are extremely rare in employment law.
Vergara also accuses Bunnings of breaching his employment contract and sacking him without any reasonable basis.
Vergara claims the retailer failed to offer procedural fairness, consider his rights or discuss the matter with him.
He has filed a general protections claim in the Federal Circuit and Family Court seeking reinstatement and $167,000 in damages.
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