Support person choice; take care

Sometimes, the identity and personality of an employee’s support person, has the potential to do more harm than good when called in by an employee for support in tense circumstances.
In this case the employee, who sued for unfair dismissal in the Fair Work Commission won his case despite the Commissioner describing his support person, Democratic Senator David Leyonhjelm, as an “overtly interventionist support person” who “ensured that the employment relationship was irreparably damaged.”
“It was unfortunate that, rather than assisting in the process, the excessively interventionist approach adopted by the employee’s chosen support person, served only to confirm the extent to which the employment relationship had collapsed,” he said.
David Waters v Goodyear Australia Pty Limited (2016) FWC 1991 delivered 8 April 2016 per Cambridge C