Disciplinary Process – Case Study

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- Disciplinary Process - Case Study

The reason the organisation lost its unfair dismissal case with Fair Work Australia


No written warnings in Sam's personal employee files.

There were no formal notes kept in Sam's file in regards to performance reviews.

No disciplinary meetings or hearings prior to Sam's dismissal

Nil documented timelines for reviews of Sam's improvement or progress.

No performance reviews or development plans presented by employer.

Sam was dismissed from employment as there was a claim Sam had struck her manager. No investigation into Sam striking Manager - Nil Evidence.

Sam should have had formal meetings discussing her poor performances. None noted in her files.

Coaching and Mentoring should have been offered and a time line drawn up and put into place.

The manager should have notified Supervisor immediately after the alleged physical abuse.

The organisation should have kept copies of Sam's Medical certificates.


What the organisation should have been doing for it to have successfully defended its position against Sam's claim of unfair dismissal.

Kept formal notes in Sam's file about formal performance reviews and meetings that have taken place.

Sam should have had written/formal warnings that have been issue to her.

Sam should have had meetings with Human Resource Managers for performance improvement. Including evidence of training coaching or mentoring. Follow up reviews regarding training etc.

The manager that claimed Sam had hit her should have filed a report with supervisor, not waiting until Sam had called in sick before reporting the matter.

This claim should have been fully investigated by the organisation and the outcome documented.


What would have been the correct way to terminate Sam in accordance with legal and organisational requirements?

To give employees 3 written formal warnings to improve performance.

For employee to have received reasonable time...