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Complaints put employee’s role on the chopping block

The Case

Jeater v Mondiale VGL Pty Ltd (2022)

Mr Jeater was employed as a truck driver for Mondiale VGL Pty Ltd (Mondiale). Mondiale made Mr Jeater’s position redundant, which it claimed was due to a downturn in business caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Jeater argued the real reason for the termination of his employment was because he had exercised his workplace right to make a complaint or enquiry about his employment, including when he:

  • raised concerns about safety;
  • raised concerns about the validity of a written warning;
  • complained about unrealistic delivery times;
  • complained about the cancellation of his annual leave;
  • requested a flexible work arrangement;
  • complained about bullying; and
  • objected to proposed reductions in his pay.
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