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Unfair DismissalJanuary 20, 2015
A car salesman who was caught giving a presumed cocaine substance to a young female co-worker has lost his unfair dismissal claim. The car salesman from Stewart Automotive Group in NSW claimed that his dismissal was unfair, unjust and unreasonable.
The young female co-worker was offered the substance, which she assumed to be cocaine, when she was only a new recruit. It was alleged the salesman invited the girl into his company car during work hours where they both ingested the white substance. Following an investigation led by the company the salesman was dismissed.
The salesman denied the allegation saying that he “denied taking any drugs in the workplace on that day, or any other day, or invited his co-worker to his car”. However the young girl gave evidence saying that “she accepted the drug but later found that it had little effect on her”.
During the case the car salesman claimed that the business owners dismissed him because there was not enough work at the dealership for both him and another salesman. The second salesman being a personal friend of the senior manager appeared to benefit out of the drug allegation and the dismissal of the accused.
Stewart Automotive Group won the case because they were able to “provide a valid reason for his dismissal” as they had credible reasons for his dismissal which were:
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*Information sourced via Smart Company website.