The Fair Work Commission has upheld the dismissal of a former Qantas pilot for failing a workplace drug test, according to a report by Chloe Taylor for HC Online.
The FWC ruling stems from an unfair dismissal case filed by Steven Gregory against Qantas, which terminated his employment in 2014 after testing positive for cannabinoids. The drug test was part of the company’s investigation into allegations that he groped a colleague while on an international stopover on February 8 last year.
Gregory, a Qantas employee for 20 years, claimed that his drink had been spiked while at a pub, where he and three other crewmembers decided to cap their evening. According to his colleagues, he left the group for about 30 minutes, and came back behaving oddly. They said he attempted to grope a young woman at a bar, and while in the taxi back to their hotel, he also groped a female colleague’s breasts.
FWC Commissioner Ian Cambridge, however, disagreed, saying Gregory deliberately separated from his colleagues “in the pursuit of imbibing cannabis, or a cannabis derivative, or some other substance”.
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