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SACKED TEACHER WINS PAYOUT

November 29, 2017

SACKED TEACHER WINS PAYOUT

 

Disclaimer: This article is intended to provide a summary and general overview only. It is not intended to be, nor does it constitute, legal advice. You should seek legal advice from a lawyer (whether barrister or solicitor) working in the area of education law and/or human rights law before acting or relying on any of its content.

 

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.

 

Posted by Sebastian De Brennan, Barrister, s.debrennan@humanrightslaw.com.au

 

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