27 Oct 2012

Maui Solomon unlawfully suspended - authority

8:45 pm on 27 October 2012

The Employment Relations Authority has found the general manager of a Chatham Islands Moriori trust was unlawfully suspended and has ordered reinstatement and financial compensation.

Maui Solomon was suspended from his position at the Hokotehi Trust on 31 August following board elections by the executive chair of the trust.

Mr Solomon challenged the validity and legality of his suspension, refusing to acknowledge it, and continued to work in his position without being paid.

His reasons related to the trust elections cancelled by executive chair Shirley King, who apparently was worried she would lose her place on the trust board.

Ms King had accused Mr Solomon of lobbying for his preferred candidates - which did not include her.

The authority says the suspension was unlawful and has ordered Mr Solomon's full reinstatement to his position as general manager.

He was seeking $50,000 in compensation for hurt and humiliation but has been awarded $8000.