My partner has been working for the last 5 years for Taura Metal Supplies in a quarry, in ohakune. We have been together

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Customer: My partner has been working for the last 5 years for Taura Metal Supplies in a quarry, in ohakune. We have been together for 9 months, His Employer/boss is his ex mother in law. over christmas there was of course a family dispute, which then lead to him being told the job was being restructured and wouldnt be there for him.. The following day his ex wife who has nothing to do with the business came around to get him to sign a resignation form which he didnt. He is meant to start back at work after the christmas break this coming monday 13/1 he phoned his boss last night to see what was happening(recorded this conversation) She said "no no work maybe she will see if she want to open the quarry on the 20th...... What can he do? Please help they are trying to find a way to get rid of him
JA: Have your partner and his ex-wife discussed this with a manager or HR? Or with a lawyer?
Customer: No no steps have been taken as it is a very toxic relationship
JA: Is the workplace "at will" or union? Is the job hourly or salaried?
Customer: He is on a salary, the business is a leased land that is being used as quarry his mother in law is the manager
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: Just that the family (ex wife and the children have been harassing us online Facebook and have had to be removed by facebook as they were so bad and aggressive
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Once he has determined whether he is actually fired, he should then write a formal letter or email complaining that he has been unlawfully fired and that he seeks to claim a personal grievance for the dismissal, and claim wages until he finds another job together with damages for the distressing way in which he was fired.

if in fact he has not been fired, then there does need to be some recognition of the poor treatment over the attempt to make him resign, and possibly he could claim a personal grievance over the treatment. if he doesn't want to make a major issue of this, getting a workplace mediator might be a good idea to try and sort out a better working relationship.

But, if he has been fired then they have definitely done this incorrectly and he can claim for lost wages and for damages for distress and humiliation

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Great thank you for that i will let him and we will go from there if i need anymore info do i get to keep talking with you?
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You can request me on this app and I will respond. I hope this works out – it sounds as though he may be better out of thejob in any event if there is the toxic family thing in the background

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