Appeal hearing unlikely before May

RHONDA MARKBY
Last updated 05:00 06/12/2012
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APPEAL: Wallace & Cooper's managing director Gary Cross.

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A Timaru boss's appeal against being ordered to pay an employee almost $100,000 is unlikely to be heard until May.

An Employment Court spokesman said Wallace & Cooper managing director Gary Cross's appeal was to have been heard in Timaru last month, but an adjournment was sought and a new five-day hearing slot had been set down for May.

In July, the Employment Relations Authority ordered he pay employee James Irvine $75,000 for lost wages and $19,000 compensation. In his case to the authority, Mr Irvine, whose salary was $150,000 a year, sought $300,000 for lost wages and $30,000 compensation.

Mr Irvine was sales and marketing manager at the Timaru-based engineering firm for six days from June 21 last year. He began working for Wallace & Cooper after it bought Andar Holdings, where Mr Irvine was managing director. There was an argument over why Mr Irvine had not received his pay, and an allegation Mr Cross swore at Mr Irvine. The authority found Mr Irvine had been "unjustifiably dismissed constructively" and "grossly humiliated and degraded" by Mr Cross.

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- The Timaru Herald

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