James Cook U set to appeal Ridd unfair dismissal judgement

The university was in court Thursday-Friday for a penalties hearing following the federal Court ruling that it had unfairly dismissed scientist Peter Ridd

JCU says, “its current intention is to appeal” but adds,

“no appeal has been filed as the matter is subject to ongoing court processes and no final orders have been made from the court, from which the university could appeal.”

An appeal will not surprise followers of the case, given JCU provost Chris Cocklin strongly criticised the original judgement. In April Justice Vasta rejected the university’s dismissal of Dr Ridd for breaching its code of conduct by criticising research at the university.  The judge found Dr Ridd’s comments were protected by the JCU’s Enterprise Agreement (CMM April 19).


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