Mum fights sacking in industrial court


The SDA (Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees' Association) represented the interests of Janette Wynbergen in a dipsute against her employer, BabyCo. The Union argued the employer had failed to take into account her family responsibilities in issuing her with a new roster and terminating her employment for refusing to work the new hours in contravention of her Award entitlements and contrary to NSW Anti-Discrimination legislation.

Evidence was heard before DP Sams of the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW. Prior to final submissions the parties agreed to a settlement which included Ms Wynbergen's reinstatement.

The matter was the first of its kind heard before the Commission which considered the operation of the family responsibilities amendments to NSW Anti-Discrimination legislation.

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