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Manager accused of embezzlement wins FWC appeal

April 12, 2019 / Human Resources Director

A practice manager who was fired by a dental clinic after she was accused of embezzlement has been awarded $40,000 in compensation for being unfairly dismissed, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) ruled. The applicant, who was employed by Mastery Dental Clinic in Hornsby, allegedly pocketed close to $34,000 in “falsely claimed” salary, commission and performance bonus. The amount demanded by the employer also factored in the $7,000 in cash the worker allegedly took from the clinic’s cash account without permission. But a verbal agreement with a resident dentist supposedly allowed the worker to claim her pay, including her performance bonus ($200 for every $12,000 in revenue generated by the clinic), even while she was on maternity leave. The employer denied there was such an agreement.