Educator Gets Fired A Week Before Christmas and Receives A Final Pay Of 2 Cents

By December 27, 2018
Educator Gets Fired A Week Before Christmas and Receives A Final Pay Of  2 Cents World Atlas

An Educator, from Auckland New Zealand, was left in disbelief and shock when only receiving 2 cents as her final pay cheque, after getting fired 5 days before Christmas.

She had over $1300 deducted from her final pay cheque, most deductions were towards childcare fees the employer charged the Educator for her children to attend the centre.

The former employer alleged that they had mistakenly undercharged the Educator for weeks and had to recover the lost fees in one lump sum.

"Her deductions from her fortnightly wages should be $470.00. They have only been $235.00, so this has left $235.00 short every two weeks, which had accumulated"

The Educator was not informed that she had any money to owe or that such a hefty sum was going to come out of her final pay cheque.

According to the Educator, her final payslip details - she was paid $1253.50 as normal pay, received $570.40 as termination pay, a total of $1823.90 gross pay.

Following deductions from KiwiSaver, child fees of ($1313), students loans, PAYE and nappy on in, the Educator was left with 2 cents as her final amount.

The Educator is now considering legal action against her former employer. Under the Wages Protection Act - employers are forbidden to make unexpected deductions without informing or getting permission from the employee.

Reference:
Kirkness, Luke and Leahy Ben "A Childcare Worker Dismissed Days Before Christmas Receives Just 2 Cents In Her Final Pay Cheque", New Zealand Herald, 24 December 2018