Aug 2018 | Iraqi consulate ordered to pay $20,000 for unfair dismissal of worker

Date: 9 Aug 2018

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

The Consul-General of Iraq in Australia has been ordered to pay $20,000 in compensation for the unfair dismissal of a domestic worker after failing to claim diplomatic immunity.

The Fair Work Commission has ordered the Consul-General of Iraq to pay the compensation to a Filipina domestic worker in what the Legal Aid NSW has described as a landmark decision.

The Court has ordered Anwar Alesi to pay $20,000 for the unfair dismissal of Juliet Buenaobra.

Commissioner Donna McKenna found Ms Alesi significantly underpaid Ms Buenaobra, failed to give her aroom of her own, did not provide workers compensation or medical insurance as stipulated and routinely made her work a six-day week despite a contract that said her ordinary working hours would be 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.