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Commission Orders Boss To Pay $15,000 In Legal Costs For Aborted Trial

Commission orders boss to pay $15,000 in legal costs for aborted trial

The Queensland Industrial Relations Commission has ordered a boss to pay his former employee’s legal costs for an aborted trial.

The rare order by Commissioner Sam Pidgeon means hairdresser Michael (Mahamad) Dib must pay Elly Wearne $15,050 to cover her legal expenses.

Wearne has accused Dib of sexually harassing her while she worked at his Gold Coast salon.

However, Dib failed to appear at a scheduled four day hearing to determine the matter in early October.

The hairdresser’s solicitor son, Torik Dib, told the Commission on the first day of the trial that his father was mentally unwell.

Ms Pidgeon found Dib Snr and his legal representatives failed to warn the Commission about the possibility of a delay before the trial began.

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