Aussie Guy Fired For Using Gmail Chat Wins Unfair Dismissal

Note to cyber slackers: cover your tracks. In a recent case, Fair Work Australia ruled in favour of the former employee as neither party could provide independent evidence of actual internet use.

Richard O'Connor says he only chatted for around 20 minutes a day, but his boss gave him the boot claiming Richard logged more than “3000 transactions on a chat line during work time”. By transactions, I’m guessing he means typing a sentence or smiley face and hitting enter.

There were also claims of sending copyrighted plans to an external mail account, but the Commissioner ruled O’Connor had correctly obtained permission to do so. [The Age]

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