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Newcastle Jockey Club CEO Takes Wrongful Dismissal Claim To The Federal Court

Newcastle Jockey Club CEO takes wrongful dismissal claim to the Federal Court

The former CEO of the Newcastle Jockey Club is taking his wrongful dismissal claim to the Federal Court.

Cameron Williams is taking his claim to the Federal Court because he earned $135,000.

As a consequence, he is not eligible to make an unfair dismissal claim because the amount is more than the maximum threshold set by the Commission.

Newcastle Jockey Club CEO claims wrongful dismissal

Williams alleges the Newcastle Jockey Club sacked him in September.

As a result, he applied to the Commission to be reinstated.

Williams claimed he had no idea the club was planning to terminate his employment, and says he was shocked by the NJC’s decision.

“We all invest a lot of hours into the club but I can say, at my level, you invest day and night into that place,” he said.

“To get to the point that I got to is incredibly disappointing.”

The matter wasn’t settled during conciliation, so it will now head to the Federal Court.

What is an unfair dismissal?

An unfair dismissal happens when an employee is dismissed from their job in a harsh, unjust or unreasonable manner.

Workers have just 21-days to file a claim for unfair dismissal in the Fair 

Harsh means the dismissal was disproportionate to the offence that you committed.

Unjust means your employer did not have a valid reason to sack you.

Unreasonable is when your employer acted unreasonably during the dismissal, or did not give you procedural fairness.

An unfair dismissal also happens when it does not happen in accordance with the Small Business Fair Dismissal Code, or if the dismissal is not a genuine redundancy.


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