These notes from my Employment Advocacy practice are composite, blending features from a number of individual cases with names and details changed. I keep all my client's business and details absolutely confidential, both as a matter of professional ethics and also to conform with the terms of the settlements reached.

December 14, 2007

Xmas harassment -that’s not Rudolph’s nose!

Background Robert had worked for a small firm of couriers for several years. He was well regarded by management and other staff, and his “life of the party” antics at various social club functions seemed to go down well with everybody.

November 13, 2007

Contractor or employee?

Brian’s worker – contractor or employee? Background Brian had owned and run a business for nearly twenty years. Recently, he had employed a manager and semi retired to do some fishing. Brian’s company had contracts to maintain air conditioning units in hundreds of commercial buildings. All the actual work was done by sixteen contractors and […]

November 7, 2007

“They cut my hours and I lost it”

Barbara Background Barbara had worked for a cleaning company for more than a year. She had fallen out with Jack who had been her usual co worker on small jobs. He had complained to the boss about her and she had complained to the boss about him. The boss had told them both to “grow […]

Bullied by dragons – boss indifferent

Alan Background Alan had been employed as the Office Manager by WOEFUL Real Estate. He had done that job very well, the sales of the agency had grown, and after about five months his boss employed the daughter of one of the other sales people as an Office Assistant and asked Alan to gradually ease […]

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