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A 59 year old teacher who was sacked from his position at Padua College in Victoria has been awarded almost $90,000 in damages by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). John Martin, 45, was fired in 2013 after it was discovered that he was in a relationship with a recent graduate of the school. Following complaints from the girl’s parents, the School launched an independent investigation which found that he had crossed professional boundaries whilst she was a student. Mr Martin denied grooming the student or having a sexual relationship with her before she graduated , arguing that he had been unfairly discriminated against, and as a result lost a 30 year career in teaching as well as the respect of his colleagues. VCAT ultimately found in Mr Martin’s favour, awarding him $80,000 for economic loss and $10,000 for pain and suffering.