Not So ‘Good Guy’ Sacked After Facebook Slagging

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Not so good: Good Guys employee sacked after taking to social network to complain about wages error has had his dismissal upheld by Fair Work Australia.

Following the Facebook rant, in which Damien O’Keefe branded his employer”c****’ and other expletives, and led to his sacking last year, the Queensland native appealed to Fair Work claiming dismissal was “harsh, unjust and unreasonable” and in contravention to the Fair Work Act 2009.

“Damien O’Keefe wonders how the f*** work can be so f***ing useless and mess up my pay again,” the ex-Good Guy who had been working at the retailer’s Townsville branch  for four years. 

“C**** are going down tomorrow,” he added. The man’s job had recently changed to “Geek Guy” – referring to staff who repaired computer equipment. 

At that time O’Keefe commenced working under a new commission structure but claimed he had not been paid monies due on several occasions. 

O’Keefe had been having discussions with Ms Taylor, who was in charge of wages, regarding his pay issues for some period of time and “had advised The Good Guys Director Mr Williams that the target of his comments had been Ms Taylor,” Fair Work noted in a statement.  

The Good Guys argued its actions were justified and what was published was “done so publicly on his [O’Keefe] Facebook page where other employees could see what was written.” 

Several other Good Guys staff were friends with the man on the social network. 

However, O’Keefe argued his Facebook webpage is set to the maximum privacy setting and only his select group of friends (70 people) could see what he had written and said that that nowhere on his webpage was the Good Guys mentioned.

On returning to work after the incriminating expletives were written, Williams told his employee he understood the rant to be his ‘letter of resignation’ and was told to resign, but refused and called his boss a  “fat lazy c..t.’

O’Keefe alleges Williams grabbed him and physically pulled him towards the office door and was sent letter of termination days later. 

 

However, the disputes body refused O’Keefe’s claims. 

“Rather than pursue the matter at a higher level within the respondent’s business, the applicant dealt with his frustrations by airing them on Facebook” and “was aware that there were other work colleagues on his Facebook group who could see the comments made and this is precisely what happened,” Fair Work said. 


His actions were contrary to dispute settlement provisions outlined in employee handbook and “common sense” would dictate one could not write and publish insulting and threatening comments about another employee. 


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