The minister for employment, Michaelia Cash, has weighed in on the dismissal of a teen, who was fired after posting on Facebook that she opposed marriage equality.
Cash told The Australian that the kids entertainment employer in Canberra, who sacked the 18-year-old, violated her fundamental freedom of expression.
She said such rights are a “fundamental part of our lives as Australians” and that “the action taken, and the statement issued by Ms Sims, in relation to why she fired her staff member violates this fundamental freedom.”
Cash has urged employers to abide by the Australian anti-discrimination laws for the duration of the postal survey.
Over the weekend, a teen — only known as Madeline — was fired from her job at Capital Kids Parties after updating her Facebook profile picture with a filter designed by the Coalition of Marriage that said “It’s OK to VOTE NO”.
Her boss, Madlin Sims, justified the dismissal by saying: “Advertising your desire to vote no for SSM is, in my eyes, hate speech.
“Voting no is homophobic. Advertising your homophobia is hate speech. As a business owner I can’t have somebody who publicly represents my business posting hate speech online.”
The case has since been picked up by the Fair Work Ombudsman which will investigate whether the teen was teen dismissed unfairly.
There are reports that she was a contractor, rather than an employee of the company.
“The Fair Work Ombudsman is aware of this matter and in order to form an assessment as to whether any workplace laws have been breached will be contacting the parties involved as part of its inquiries,” the ombudsman told Business Insider.
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