Australia 2019: Is it ok for your employer to sack you because they don’t like the political opinion you expressed in public?

Australia 2019: Is it ok for your employer to sack you because they don’t like the political opinion you expressed in public? By Deborah Cornwall.

The Folau saga has unleashed “the mother of all culture wars”, triggering a fightback against big business and its increasing push to control how workers behave in their private lives, a leading employ­ment lawyer has warned.

Josh Bornstein, who heads Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, the largest employment law firm in the country, says corporations have become so obsessed with their own “brand management” they were demanding impossibly high “levels of impeccable behaviour … that even Jesus Christ would struggle to comply with”. …

He said “broad and vague” codes of conduct and contractual obligations were being imposed on employ­ees to make them abide by company policies and values. But they also extended to employees’ behaviour outside the workplace. That meant workers could be sacked or disciplined for anything from swearing to posting on social media, simply because it was at odds with corporations’ public “brand”.

This is a landmark test case, and it looks like its going to court. Folau is such a cleanskin, an admirable character with a great wife and few apparent complications. At stake is how much the PC control freaks can boss us around. If we lose this case, look forward to a lot more hectoring and control from the PC mob about what you are allowed to say and think.