Woman who accidentally sent boss a text calling him a ‘complete dick’ sues for unfair dismissal
The Fair Work Commission says the “lighthearted insult” was enough for Louise Nesbitt to lose her job at Dragon Mountain Gold in Perth, Australia. Nesbitt, who had worked in the job for six years, sent a text message referring to her boss – the company’s only other employee – Rob Gardner calling him a “complete dick”.
Nesbitt had been arranging for her daughter’s boyfriend, Robert Guy, to upgrade the company’s plumbing. On January 12 2014, Nesbitt sent Mr Guy the message informing him that Mr Gardner was a “complete dick”, adding “we know this already so please try your best not to tell him that regardless of how you feel the need”.
Problem is that she sent her insult to Mr Gardner in error. She followed that text with another:
“Rob, please delete without reading. I am so so so sorry. Xxx.”
And then she sent him another text:
“Rob I need to explain … that message came across so wrong … that is not how I feel. My sense of humour is to exaggerate … Yes I do feel that my ideas are all ignored but that’s ok … Please forget it and just go on as normal. I am very very sorry.”
So. She was sacked. And then she complained that it was all so very unfair.
And she lost. The commission ruled in Mr Dick’s favour.
It is not known if Mr Guy got the work.