Woman Wins Employment Dispute with Christchurch Casino

Christchurch Casino is already in a great deal of financial trouble. The recent earthquake has seen the operator lose a great deal of revenue and has boosted its insurance costs. Now, the company has been forced to pay out a $20 000 settlement to a woman who was wrongly dismissed from her position as a shift supervisor.

Tanya Cooper worked as a shift supervisor at the casino for a number of years. When she became pregnant, her employer promised that she would be able to return to her position in a year’s time. Unfortunately, she was informed that she would no longer be needed for the job only three months into her maternity leave. She was also told that a similar position would not be available.

She contacted the Employment Relationship Authority to file a complaint. She was not only humiliated but also stressed out over her financial situation. She ERA sided with Cooper, claiming that the casino operator treated her in an unfair manner by demoting her.

Now, Christchurch Casino will have to pay her $20000 in damages – $8000 in lost wages and $12 000 for her troubles.

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