Sacked from the job he didn’t have

You don’t need a license to drive a sandwich.

SpongeBob SquarePants to Patrick, about driving the Patty Wagon

And you can’t be fired if you didn’t have a job.

A man has lost his claim that he was sacked from his job at Nelson’s community law centre because he was never employed in the first place.

Bryan Forrest had discussed working for the centre as a legal educator but was never offered the job, so any dismissal, justified or not, didn’t happen, the Employment Relations Authority found.

In its report, the ERA noted “in his evidence Mr Forrest generally lacked perspective and objectivity and was prone to exaggerate or over-extend”.

In other words, he was probably a few sandwiches short of a picnic.

As much as we all like to rag on employment law, I think we can safely say that nothing could have prevented this particular case going to court.


  1. I have a feeling reading the full list of complaints and justifications for payment from Mr Forrest would be extremely funny. Picking on a legal office was also a bold move.

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