Telstra fined for discriminatory e-mail

Telstra has been fined $75,000 by the Federal Court for sending a discriminatory e-mail to staff.

The landmark court decision is the result of court action taken by unions representing Telstra workers.

In July this year Telstra was found to have breached the Workplace Relations Act for favouring workers on individual contracts over those on award agreements.

The breach was traced to an e-mail calling on Telstra executives to favour workers on individual agreements.

The e-mail was circulated by former Telstra employee relations manager, Robert Cartwright, who now sits on the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC).

Justice Finkelstein today ordered Telstra to pay $75,000 to unions representing the 42,500 workers affected by the breach.

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