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Unfair DismissalJune 22, 2016
A Sydney woman was fired from her role at Mosman City Council, after she took home ten uncooked sausages and two salads, which she believed were going to be thrown out.
Genna Merrin worked for the Mosman City Council for 16 years as a casual operations assistant, before she was terminated for taking home council owned food following a Christmas party.
Merrin was supervising a hockey match while the annual Bushcare Christmas party was taking place. Merrin claims she took the food from the fridge after she was advised by a volunteer it was going to be thrown out anyway.
The volunteer allegedly told Merrin “We have quite a bit of leftover food and would you like to take some home as it seems a waste to throw it out.” Merrin responded she would return later to pick up the food.
When she returned to the venue at approximately 7pm, her supervisor allegedly asked her to check for leftovers in the fridge. The supervisor then witnessed Merrin place three items in a plastic bag and take them with her. The following day the council employees who hosted the Christmas party flagged that approximately 2.5kg of meat and chicken, along with two salads had gone missing.
This prompted a CCTV investigation, where it was discovered it was Merrin who had taken the food. Merrin had her employment terminated as a result of taking council property. She took her case to the Fair Work Commission (FWC), claiming she had been unfairly dismissed. However, the FWC ruled her dismissal was not harsh, unjust or unreasonable.
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Sourced from Yahoo! News