Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Sydney Australia
Re: Un#%$^ing Believable! :-(
Was this as a result of our wonderful new workplace agreement laws? If so I'd definitely be seeking legal assistance, they are a horse's *ss as a set of workplace relations laws go, and it sounds to me that you have got plenty of reason to take action.
For example - if your wife did not "meet goals" that she was set - she has every right to see those goals, in print, and to be informed, in writing, of why those same goals were not actually issed to her, in writing, as part of her initial employment agreement. I really, seriously, think you should advise said ex-employer that you are considering going to the anti-descrimination board, as all the evidence points to your wife being descriminated against simply for being honest and up front with them, and that you will be seeking the above documentation from them, along with proof that said goals existed at the date of her employment, as legal evidence of their actions. This is often enough more than enough reason for a company to change their mind.
We got into a really tough spot with a bank here a few years ago (selling us a mortgage at a fixed interest rate which actually didn't exist - they put it ALL down of bank letterhead too!), and after initially saying to us, "tough luck", a letter to them from The Banking Ombudsman resulted in a turnaround in attitude so fast that there were sprained necks all round.
Don't give up without a really good fight - if nothing else you will have the sheer pleasure of watching them squirm.