A Feilding kennel worker was sacked after her boss found out
she had bagged her job on talkback radio.
Sandra Wilson gave a radio interview in March last year about
how much she hated working at Pet Stay, a boarding kennel for
cats and dogs, and how unhappy she was with the company's
She did not mention the company by name, but a friend of the
kennel's director heard the interview and was able to
identify the company.
When director Susan Flavin found out about the comments, she
sought a transcript from the talkback station and arranged a
disciplinary meeting to discuss a number of matters,
including Ms Wilson's criticism of the company.
Ms Flavin alleged Ms Wilson had breached her contract by
being disloyal to the company. She also alleged Ms Wilson had
been abusive and threatening in the workplace.
But despite four requests to attend a disciplinary meeting,
including a final request in which Ms Wilson was warned she
could be dismissed, Ms Wilson failed to attend. She was
dismissed in April last year.
Ms Wilson brought a personal grievance before the Employment
Relations Authority, arguing she had been unjustifiably
disadvantaged and dismissed.
She also sought compensation for hurt and humiliation.
But the authority dismissed Ms Wilsons' claims, noting Pet
Stay had given her the opportunity to respond to the
allegations, but she had failed to attend.
It found Pet Stay's decision to dismiss Ms Wilson was fair
and reasonable in the circumstances.
- Matthew Backhouse of APNZ