Sacked over a road rage incident when you’re not on the clock

Road rage happens. While for most of us it’s a mostly silent exchange only heard within our own vehicles some

Road rage happens. While for most of us it’s a mostly silent exchange only heard within our own vehicles some people take it further. There are people that flash their lights, honk, tailgate, and even some that get out of their cars and yell during a road rage incident. In some of the more extreme cases of road rage, people get in fights, and some have even been killed.

Luckily, this instance no one was physically hurt, but a man was sacked from his job even though he wasn’t working during the time of the incident. An electrical technician from South Australia was driving home after work when another driver pulled up next to him, gave him the finger, passed him and then proceeded to slam on their breaks to instigate the man. Unwisely he gave into his road rage and followed the car and even pulled up next to it and revved his engine in a form of intimidation.

The ultimate mistake was when he got out of his car and exchanged “heated words” with the other driver. It is when the initial aggressor saw his employer’s logo on his shirt and made a formal complaint to his employer, Spectrum Fire, where he worked as a security systems technician.

The company stated, “He engaged in inappropriate verbal exchanges over several minutes, purposely detoured in order to follow the vehicle, parking close behind it while revving his vehicle”. Before adding, “He also approached the other road user’s vehicle uninvited.”

The man has taken his former employer to Fair Work for “unfair dismissal”, but the commission claimed the dismissal was valid even though the man wasn’t working at the time. Fair Work said in a statement, “Although [the other driver] was mainly responsible for the initial events … the conduct of [the former worker] in following [them], coming to [their] window, and then aggressively moving his vehicle up even closer behind [them] … would reasonably be understood to be intimidating and aggressive”.

What do you think? Do you think that it was fair for him to lose his job over a road rage incident when he wasn’t working at the time?

  1. Bonny Ward  

    If he was in a company car with their emblem on it, yes, as he is a moving advertisement for the company and the bad behavior reflects towards the company

  2. Jenne  

    It is unfair but if you are in your work clothes with a company logo on them then yes you are representing that business and its reputation. Should have just taken a different route and left the instigators to their own stupidity.

  3. John Brants  

    “proceeded to slam on their breaks to instigate the man”

    Apart from the wrong “brakes” ,wtf does ” to instigate the man” mean?

    • Margaret  

      I agree. I can’t understand much of what this younger generation write. They use words in a context which I do not understand. Perhaps ‘breaks’ is a typo but ‘instigate’?

    • Michael Gillespie  

      I agree with you John, the writing and spelling is appalling.

    • Pamela  

      If you don’t know what a word means or how it is used, look it up!

      1. bring about or initiate (an action or event).
      “they instigated a reign of terror”
      synonyms: set in motion, put in motion, get under way, get going, get off the ground, get in operation, start, begin, initiate, launch, institute, lay the foundations of, lay the first stone of, sow the seeds of, set up, inaugurate, found, establish, put in place, organize, get working, get functioning, activate; More
      trigger off, set off, spark off, inspire, foment, kindle, stir up, whip up, actuate, generate, cause, bring about;
      start/get/set the ball rolling;
      informal kick off;
      formal commence
      “the Commission instigated formal proceedings”
      2. incite someone to do something, especially something bad.

      • Wiso  

        Then I guess this man’s parents instigated the man while the actions of the first driver instigated the situation of road rage !!

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