A part-time cleaner fired by text message has been awarded close to $12,000 in compensation. Darlene Myles worked the afternoon shift at three Montessori learning centres around Christchurch to fit in with a teacher-aide job and caring for her grandchildren after school. In June 2019 she received a text message from the general manager of Learning Curves Montessori suddenly ending her employment. The ERA found the dismissal was by text message. Myles was awarded $1365 in lost wages, $7,000 in compensation, $1059 in KiwiSaver contributions, $720 petrol allowance, $1125 in costs and $432 in unpaid wages.
Source: Otago Daily Times June 01, 2020 23:03 UTC