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Man fired for swearing at boss gets job back

08:00 AEST Thu Jun 14 2012
MSN NZ
Security guard Craig Symes was fired by Linfox Armaguard in December last year for telling his manager to 'get f---ed' (Thinkstock)
Security guard Craig Symes was fired by Linfox Armaguard in December last year for telling his manager to 'get f---ed' (Thinkstock)

The industrial umpire has ordered that a Brisbane man sacked for swearing at his employer be reinstated.

Security guard Craig Symes was fired by Linfox Armaguard in December last year for telling his manager to "get f---ed" after complaining about his roster and being assigned a faulty armoured van, the Herald Sun reports.

The 11-year veteran of the security firm was dismissed the next day despite apologising to manager, Aryn Hala, in writing.

Fair Work Australia ruled that Mr Symes' behaviour could be classified as misconduct but being sacked for it was excessive and he was ordered to be reinstated.

FWA Commissioner Helen Cargill said "the respondent's workplace is one in which bad language is commonly used and in which ... employees may have received mixed messages about such use".

"I note in passing that there was no suggestion that the applicant's words were overheard by other employees, which could have undermined Mr Hala's authority."

She said she believed Mr Symes and his manager could restore a "satisfactory working relationship".