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Worker fired after three days gets payout

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 20/04/2016

An Auckland telephone repairer fired from his job before even signing a contract has won $12,000 from his former employer.

Jon-Paul Moses, 24, was a hired by phone company Fully Synced Limited in 2014 based on a reference from WINZ, but wasn't given a written contract on the day and was let go three days later.

He was given an agreement shortly after started, but raised concerns about several clauses - including one removing the right to bring a dismissal personal grievance claim.

His boss, Nick Kane, told him to sign the contract by the end of the week or not bothering coming in at all, Mr Moses told the Employment Relations Authority.

He didn't return.

Mr Kane argued Mr Moses hadn't been keen on the job and decided to leave for personal reasons, but the authority said evidence pointed to Mr Moses being pleased about finding a job and ruled it had been a firing.

It said there were some issues with the contract Mr Moses had been given and it was reasonable to question them.

"Mr Moses was exercising his legal right to enter into discussion with his employer about the contents of his employment agreement."

Fully Synced was ordered to pay Mr Moses nearly $7000 in lost wages, $2000 in compensation for humiliation and $3000 in costs.

He was also awarded $34 in holiday pay for his three days with the company.

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