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Chch cop gets $25,000 for unfair dismissal

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 8/04/2016

A Christchurch cop who was ordered to pay more than $100,000 to cover the cost of a protracted legal battle against the police has now managed to win back $25,000 after he was unfairly fired.

Steven Davis was in 2014 ordered to pay $115,000 in court costs to the police after losing a four-year legal campaign in which claimed he disadvantaged in his employment following a dispute with his boss at the Mangonui police station.

A series of transfers from 2010 saw Mr Davis moved from Northland to Christchurch, during which time he made multiple complaints about senior officers to the Employment Relations Authority.

He ended up losing the case in 2014 and having to cover a part of his employer's costs.

And while that didn't stop him from staying with the police - he offered to return a few months later - he was fired about half a year after the cost decision.

But in an new decision, the ERA has ruled Mr Davis wasn't justifiably fired, and has ordered the police to back pay him about $15,000 in wages and superannuation, along with $10,000 in compensation.

The police said Davis was fired because he was incompatible with his colleagues and the organisation as a whole.

But the ERA said the police had not taken all the steps needed to determine whether there was really an irreconcilable difference between Mr Davis and his work mates.

"A fair and reasonable employer could not conclude Mr Davis had no trust and confidence in police," it said.

However, despite a request to get his job back, the ERA did not order Mr Davis be reinstated - saying it wasn't practicable.

Costs have yet to be decided.

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