Waikato Inghams Chicken worker wins compo over sacking

CHRIS GARDNER
Last updated 05:00 19/12/2013

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A Waikato Inghams Chicken employee will receive $4000 in compensation after being unjustifiably dismissed by the company, which accused him of lying about a back injury.

Egg collector Amarjit Singh was dismissed from the Inghams Matamata chicken farm on February 28 last year after injuring his back on October 21, 2011.

The firm said he could not carry out his duties.

Ingham's case manager, Sheree Mansell, declined Mr Singh's accident compensation claim, saying the accident could not be corroborated by other staff.

On November 14, Mr Singh provided farm manager Muhannad Juma with a medical certificate that said he was fit for light duties. He and his wife, Baldeep, who attended the meeting, told the Employment Relations Authority he was accused of lying about his injury, and was told it was not possible for him to do light duties.

Over the following months Mr Singh presented several medical certificates.

Authority member K J Anderson found the dismissal unjustified.

"This is because the key requirements of the incapacity clause of the employment agreement were not observed." 

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- Waikato Times

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