Bank employee sues his office for 'home intrusion' after being told to work from home permanently
In the past few months, many offices around the world ended the work from home office system after witnessing significant positive developments in the Covid pandemic scenario.
While employees have returned to their offices permanently, a certain percentage of people remained home as their work that doesn't necessarily require them to be in office.
There are, of course, many who want work from home to continue. But there are also those who were eager to return to their cubicles. Now think about this - what if an employee is really keen on going to office but his employers stop him and force him to work from home? What would happen in such a case.
While such scenarios are be found everywhere, one truly bizarre and unique one has come to the fore after taking a legal turn.
A former bank employee is suing his former office for forcing him to work from home.
The bloke, a financial planner, has reportedly sued Commonwealth Bank Australia (CBA). According to an action obtained by the Australian Financial Review, the fiancial planner sued his office after they refused to pay him redundancy pay.
The report further adds that the bank giant refused to pay the financial planner over 20 years of redundancy pay after he refused to accept an entirely remote job in December 2021. Reportedly, the bank offered the former worker bonuses and a job at the new owner, insurance company AIA, when it shut its retail financing arm.
The employee accepted the position initially, thinking the bank would not give him redundancy pay had he rejected the offer. But as he didn't want to work from home any longer, he eventually refused the offer.
He has now sued the bank, seeking AUD $172,000 (£96,152) in redundancy pay, interest payments and civil penalties.
“As part of the sale of our financial planning business, the person concerned was offered a comparable role as a financial planner with the new owners but did not take up the position,” a Commonwealth Bank spokesperson told the Daily Mail.
The former employee said in his claim that his new position would be worse than his old job as working from home would be ‘an intrusion into [his] private home and life'. “Not attending a workplace outside the home can lead to tensions with other family members,” he said.
He added that he has ‘insufficient space' at home, making it difficult to incorporate a private office at home.
Reacting to the case, a CBA spokesman told the Australian Financial Review: “Given that he has now lodged court proceedings, which we intend to contest, we are unable to comment further at this stage.”