Matt Johnston (IT News)
ASX-listed software-as-a-service provider TechnologyOne has been ordered to pay $5.2 million to a former state manager for breaching the Fair Work Act.
The judgement was handed down by Justice Kerr of the Federal Court of Australia on Friday, which found in favour of Victorian state manager Behnam Roohizadegan.
Roohizadegan, who was TechOne’s Victorian state manager between 2006 and 2016, was dismissed when the “senior executive team no longer had confidence” in his ability to fulfil the job, TechOne said in a notice to the market.
However, Roohizadegan claimed the dismissal was for reasons prohibited by s 340(1) and/or s 351 of the Commonwealth Fair Work Act 2009.
He commenced proceedings against the company in 2018, seeking $14.82 million in damages for unfair dismissal due to workplace bullying from two senior executives, and a protected mental disability.
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