It has been reported recently that an Air New Zealand flight
attendant who had been dismissed has been forced to hand over her bank
records and Facebook pages to bosses in a row over sick leave.
Gina Kensington was sacked by the airline earlier this year
after it claimed she misused two days leave to care for her sister. On
taking her case to the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) in hope of
being reinstated, the airline requested copies of her Facebook pages
and bank records for the disputed days.
Ms Kensington argued that she should not have to disclose the
details as there was ‘an expectation of privacy about personal and
financial information.’ However, the ERA disagreed and forced her to
hand over the details.
Both parties are now awaiting a ruling in the case which bears
similarities with another in the country where New Zealander Bruce
Taiapa was sacked after being pictured on Facebook at a school canoeing
festival while being on a week’s sick leave. In his case the ERA ruled
the sacking was justified.
To see what your employer thinks about the use of social media
the penalties are for being found ‘throwing a sickie’ consult your
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