CRT has been ordered to pay a former employee almost $28,000
after she was sacked from her job as manager at Balclutha.
A decision from the Employment Relations Authority (ERA)
released this week said Karla Gilder was unjustifiably
as retail manager of the Balclutha CRT store in March. The
ERA said Ms Gilder was sacked after advising another staff
member to deal with bonus stock.
Bonus stock is stock which was not ordered by CRT but
provided by a supplier for a range of reasons, both
deliberate and inadvertent, it said.
Ms Gilder said bonus stock was used to offset losses with
similar stock for stocktake or promotional purposes.
CRT denied bonus stock could be used to offset losses, and
said it had a policy that bonus stock should ''always be
placed into stock''.
The ERA said in early March Ms Gilder was on leave when
another employee was carrying out a stocktake, finding 51
''boost'' items when records showed there should be only 31.
The employee called Ms Gilder, who told him to record the
lower number. He also said there was a shortfall in a similar
item and was told by Ms Gilder to use the surplus boost to
cover the difference.
The CRT regional manager was in the store at the time and
became aware of the issue. He made inquiries.
A letter sent to Ms Gilder on March 8 concluded she had
deliberately manipulated stock and inventory records.
Ms Gilder said she was acting in accordance with her training
and observations. She said she had no knowledge of the
policy, and had been relieving at another CRT branch when it
had been distributed to staff.
Authority member Michael Loftus said CRT had breached its own
procedures in Ms Gilder's dismissal and had not allowed her
to respond to allegations against her.
He ordered CRT to pay Ms Gilder $19,732.80 in lost wages and
$8000 in compensation for humiliation, loss of dignity and
injury to feelings. He reserved his decision on costs.