The Employment Relations Authority has awarded $5000 to a woman it says was not given a fair chance to apply for a job at a special-needs school.
Janet Anderson worked for seven years as an assistant resident social worker at Halswell Residential College, which takes students with intellectual impairment.
Its funding was reduced by the Ministry of Education in 2012 as part of a proposal to merge special-needs students into mainstream schools.
Enrolment dropped by two-thirds as a result and Ms Anderson's job was disestablished in May 2013.
She said she applied for a new position with the college but during a job interview was not allowed to retrieve notes she had left at home.
The authority ruled that Ms Anderson was not given a fair chance to apply for the new job and awarded her compensation.