hD Lawyers recently appeared for a client in the Fair Work Commission after receiving instructions just five days before the scheduled hearing. The case involved a claim for Unfair Dismissal for a permanent part time pharmacy worker who was employed five hours a day.

Prior to our involvement, the client had been representing herself. The client’s attempts to obtain legal representation before we became involved were unsuccessful because the client was told they must “put up $15,000 to cover legal fees” or “there is no money (for fees) in it”. We quoted $2,000 to $4,000, depending upon the length of the hearing and whether it would extend over a second day, and we offered No Win No Fee in an employment law case – something that is very rare in Queensland.

The issues in the case included whether our client had received any verbal warnings that the employer said had been given – our client denied any had been given and there were no written warnings – and whether a meeting called just minutes before the end of our client’s working day, where the employment contract was terminated, was any opportunity for our client to be heard.

The case proceeded over one full hearing day and the Fair Work Commission “reserved” its judgement at the conclusion of the evidence and the submissions until a date that will come up soon. We will let you know what happens!

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