A worker sacked for taking three bottles of liquor from a discarded esky has won his unfair dismissal claim.
The Fair Work Commission slammed the employer for not giving the worker procedural fairness.
It found the incident did not constitute ‘theft’ and additionally, found the actual reason for the dismissal involved the worker refusing to sign a new contract.
Commissioner Peter Sams ordered the employer to reinstate the worker.
“If this was a matter of such grand larcenic proportions, it beggars belief that the respondent did not demand recompense, or at the very least, return or replacement of the liquor.”
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