Mark Cornell has worked for Mildura Finance, a subsidiary of Platform Financial Services since 2003, rising to manager and assisting rural family businesses to obtain equipment finance.
Mr Cornell’s annual remuneration was $202,650 but in April the company slashed his salary to just $40,000 despite the business remaining busy and profitable. The new salary was equivalent to just the JobKeeper payment.
The Federal Court Statement of Claim alleges that Mr Cornell was told:
Maurice Blackburn Principal Josh Bornstein said Mr Cornell alleged that Mildura Finance had breached the Fair Work Act 2009 and repudiated his employment contract because, in slashing Mr Cornell’s wage, the company had:
Maurice Blackburn Principal Josh Bornstein said the Court would decide whether directions that were given to Mr Cornell by the Company and its CEO – and therefore other employees - were lawful.
“In this case, the Federal Court will be asked to adjudicate on the requirements that an employer must meet to qualify for JobKeeper and whether lawful directions were given to employees,” Mr Bornstein said.
“The manner in which Mr Cornell was treated has caused considerable distress to both him and his wife. He is seeking penalties and compensation for breaches of the Fair Work Act and damages for breach of contract, payment.”
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