Employer pays unfair dismissal fee in $1 bills

Robert Campbell, owner of Campbell’s Auto Repair and Sales Ltd., delivered more than $12,000 in $1 bills to law firm Samson & McGrath Thursday afternoon. The cash payment was made to settle a case of unfair dismissal brought against Mr. Campbell in 2008. 

Last year, Mr. Campbell was found guilty of refusing to comply with an order of the Labour Tribunal and fined $2,500. The order he violated was to make compensation to a former employee for severance pay and unfair dismissal no later than July 27, 2009, in the amount of $12,000. 

Mr. Campbell’s position was that the employee had walked off the job, and that he was unable to defend himself against the claim of unfair dismissal because the Labour Tribunal had been held in his absence. He also said he knew nothing about the tribunal’s decision because he does not check his post office box regularly. In 2014, Magistrate Angelyn Hernandez found that Mr. Campbell had known of tribunal’s decision and had been sent notice of the decision, and that he refused to take any steps by way of compliance or appeal and had waited almost five years to lodge an appeal since being aware of the charge. 

Mr. Campbell appealed the magistrate’s guilty verdict and also appealed to the Labour Tribunal Board. 

Finally, Mr. Campbell decided he no longer wanted to spend any more time dealing with frequent court appearances, and he decided to pay the $12,000, plus a couple of thousand dollars more that had been accrued in additional costs. 

“My method of payment is a form of protest for the unfair manner in which it was dealt with,” Mr. Campbell said, adding that he feels he had no opportunity to have his voice heard in the tribunal. 

Mr. Campbell said it is possible the employee will receive only a couple of thousand dollars of the total, since much of the amount paid goes to cover legal fees. 

Robert Campbell waits in the law offices of Samson & McGrath to deliver more than $12,000 of compensation in $1 bills. - Photo: Kelsey Jukam

Robert Campbell waits in the law offices of Samson & McGrath to deliver more than $12,000 of compensation in $1 bills. – Photo: Kelsey Jukam
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  1. That’s very kind of Mr Campbell, I’m sure all those $1 dollar bills will come in very handy when leaving tips around the island. – I’m always short of change, I might pop down to Samson & McGrath this afternoon to see if they can change a $10.

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  2. Haha I was thinking the same thing. Oh boy a box of what appears to be bank wrapped stacks of $1 bills. Great that’ll be sooooo much hassle to deposit.

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