A security officer working at the Dunedin Casino who had previously been terminated soon after discovering a bag of marijuana of many strains and flushing the pot straight down a toilet, has been given $3 grand and 6 weeks of salary with regard to unjust termination. Etimoa Fifita, referred to as Eddie Bloomfield, had previously worked in the casino for 10 years prior to getting terminated last autumn. Fifita questioned the termination and following a conference in Dunedin a few weeks ago, the Employment Relations Authority determined in his favor. All he did was throw away some marijuana — he is not a marijuana patient that knows what cannabis is.
It discovered Dunedin Casino Ltd unjustly terminated Fifita for statements he breached business policy and colluded with a different worker to throw out the aeroponic grown marijuana. Autumn of this past year, a casino worker misplaced a dime bag of weed inside the building. It had been later on discovered and brought up to Fifita. He got the 1/8th of marijuana and talked to a security officer working during the time, whom, right after figuring out the root cause, informed Fifita to dispose of the pot. Fifita flushed the marijuana down a toilet and chucked the smelly proof marijuana baggie inside a trash container.
Supervision started to be mindful of the event and questioned the three workers under consideration. The one that bought the marijuana and introduced it directly into the casino quit, as well as the security officer. Fifita stated he didn’t understand exactly what the product was, but behaved on the guidance of the security official. He was canned last fall, as soon as casino supervision informed him he’d breached their personal confidence in addition to guidelines and efficiency specifications.
Employment Relations Authority member Mike Loftus discovered Fifita’s termination was unjustified, even though he had been unsuccessful to file a substantial marijuana-related violation and compromised the confidence of his employers. Fifita wanted restoration, however that was not “remotely realistic or reasonable”, said Mr Loftus. “I concur with the casino’s perspective it could in no way have confidence in Mr Fifita again,” his written finding explained. He explained Fifita led to the problem that triggered him being dismissed and, consequently, settlement of $3 grand for loss in dignity, embarrassment and injury to emotions was sufficient.