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Can you be fired for doing “The Chicken Dance” at work?
This comes from the legal website Lexology, and it discusses a workplace right that you might not have known you have. At least if you live in Australia.
It is challenging to find a blog idea involving employment law and turkey (search engines come up with articles on the employment laws of Turkey). So our labor law lesson of the day involves chicken instead, and comes from Sydney, Australia, where you can’t be fired, it seems, for an allegedly intimidating workplace performance of “The Chicken Dance.”
The employer, Harbour City Ferries, discharged a 51-year-old male employee and cited as one of its reasons that he had performed “The Chicken Dance” as an intentional act to intimidate, harass, or otherwise harm another employee, as reported in the Sydney Morning Herald.
But a labor appeals commissioner for the Fair Work Commission ruled recently that the employer went too far. He ordered the employee to be reinstated, determining that the stated reason “was fanciful and did not represent reason for dismissal.” Rather, the employee should have received a final warning for other behavior, which reportedly included making “a highly inappropriate racial insult” to another co-worker in the lunchroom.
The commissioner found fault with the employer for its investigation of the employee because the employer accepted the word of other employees and may have discounted the employee’s side of the story because he had “a somewhat disagreeable” demeanor. “Even unpleasant people are entitled to justice,” the commissioner said, according to the newspaper report.
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A Big Rain Storm
It has been a long time since we have been able to read something like this. Last February to be exact. And in the middle of the most severe drought in memory it has got to be seen as a welcome event. Flash flood warnings and all. The news below is from the National Weather Service.