By MSN NZ Money staff
A man who collected live cockroaches and stored them in his work locker was rightfully sacked, the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) has ruled.
Henry Faumuina, who works at Purity Foods, the makers of Big Ben pies, collected the cockroaches over a two-week period, NZPA reported.
Previously warned about misconduct, he had twice refused his manager's request to get rid of the insects. Faumuina was sacked mid-2007 for disobeying a what the ERA said was a lawful and reasonable order.
He took his case to the ERA and told them he was saving the cockroaches "as evidence" for his partner who also worked at the company.
She said she was bringing a personal grievance case against Purity Foods after received a warning.
Faumuina failed to attend a disciplinary meeting and appeared on TV with his lawyer, Olinda Woodroffe, claiming there was a cockroach problem at the company.
Company policy states that pest sightings must be reported and logged, which Faumuina failed to do.
His dismissal was ruled as justified and the process fair and reasonable.