Authority rules against former ABC boss


The Employment Relations Authority has ruled against claims made by the former director of the Arrowtown Montessori ABC childcare centre. 

Susan Wilson claimed ABC “constructively dis-missed” her last September and disadvantaged her. 

Authority member James Crichton finds Wilson “completely misunderstood” her position regarding alleged unpaid annual leave. 

“It is absolutely apparent that Ms Wilson was paid throughout for 52 weeks of the year and in consequence she has suffered no disadvantage.” 

Wilson also claimed ABC made it hard for her to return to work after suffering a head injury, Crichton says. 

“Ms Wilson resigned her employment almost immediately after a meeting at which I am satisfied proper arrangements were made for her to return to work.” 

Wilson – now director of the new Queenstown Montessori preschool – says the decision is “unbelievable after the way [ABC] treated me and after everything I did for them”. 

It’s probably too expensive for her to appeal, Wilson says