Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Dying manager fired ... for staying alive!!!

A business development manager with cancer who was made redundant when he lived longer than his employers thought he would has been awarded $12,000 in compensation.

Len Clapham was chief executive at the Building Officials Institute of NZ when he resigned to take up a role created for him at building survey company Alexander & Co in July 2010.

The job had a fixed list of tasks, but no end date.

In May 2011 Mr Clapham was suspended, with the business citing his health status and performance concerns as reasons. He was dismissed the following day.

 Mr Clapham took his case to the Employment Relations Authority (ERA). He said the dismissal was a "sham redundancy" and the real reason was that he had survived longer than Alexander & Co had anticipated. Full story...

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