There's nothing worse than a boss that bullies you. Whether they do it through emotional, financial, physical, verbal or mental means, it just makes every hour of every day a living nightmare.
But one Kiwi bloke has stood up to his boss after he slagged him off with some harsh words.
Arborist Grant Shaw had been working with by engineering, construction and maintenance services company Electrix Limited for more than a decade, according to the NZ Herald.
Electrix business unit manager Derek Kooman accused Shaw of being a bully and not giving staff enough work hours and allowing them to progress professionally.
But Shaw flipped the confrontation and instead claimed it was Kooman that was the intimidator and the one that needed to be punished.
He took his claims to New Zealand's Employment Relations Authority claiming two main instances proved that Kooman was the one who was the bully.
In 2017, the two butted heads and argued, with Kooman eventually calling Shaw a 'lazy c**t'. That's certainly not what you want in a professional setting; well any setting at all, but this is what happened.
The next issue involved Shaw claiming Kooman bullied him during a team meeting. But when Shaw brought these issues up with Electrix, they issued him with a written warning.
Shaw eventually resigned last year, but launched an unjustified dismissal case.
The case ended up in Shaw's favour, with the ERA saying Electrix failed to investigate the issues Shaw was bringing up about Kooman.
The tribunal also agreed that Electrix didn't properly help Shaw with his stress as well as continue to allow Kooman to work and undermine him at different opportunities.
The ERA awarded him a whopping $18,000 in compensation for what they called 'hurt and humiliation' and $10,363 in lost wages.
If you thought calling an employee a 'lazy c**t' is an outrageous reason to get unfair dismissal then wait till you hear about this story.
A judge in Australia has ruled in favour of a boss who lifted his buttocks and farted on an employee in a landmark employment case.
The judge said that farting on an employee does not necessarily constitute bullying, reports the Metro.
David Hingst brought the case against his former employer, Construction Engineering, to the Victoria Supreme Court saying that his boss used to break wind on him and in front of him. He did this with such frequency that Hingst had nicknamed him 'Mr Stinky'.
During the case another former employee testified to having witnessed the farting, but said that he did not take offence from it.
Phillip Hamilton said the farting was 'typical banter or mucking around'. He said that cultural differences were probably to blame for the manner in which Mr Hingst interpreted the situation.
Despite that testimony, Justice Zammitt ruled that Mr Hingst was making the claim as an act of vengeance after being angry at losing his job.
She also said that if Mr Hingst had not had his contract terminated he would not have made the claim against Mr Short and the company.
nstead, she found that the company had dismissed him due to a legitimate redundancy and gave the verdict in favour of the company.
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