50 shades of a personal grievance

There have been many water cooler discussions in New Zealand workplaces (and workplaces around the world) about the latest 50 Shades of Grey movie. What has perhaps been discussed less is the employment law issues in the movie.

For those who haven’t read the books or seen the first two movies, Ana and Christian are in a relationship. Ana finishes university and obtains her first role in a publishing company and reports to Jack. Christian owns the publishing company. It appears Christian purchased the company once he became involved with Ana but that is for a whole different article. Christian and Jack meet. This doesn’t go well. Jack insists Ana goes away with him for work, she refuses (after some pressure from Christian). Jack later makes an advance on Ana, which she turns down and results in Jack no longer working for the publishing company. Ana replaces Jack’s role.

Read the March Workplace Law Newsletter for more:

  • Can a workplace employ relatives or those in a relationship?
  • Could Jack have insisted that Ana go away with him for work?
  • What process should the company have taken after Jack’s advance?
  • What happened to Jack?
  • Are there any issues with Ana replacing Jack?
  • 15 Tips – before, during and after the employment relationship
  • A defining case on premium – the recovery of costs associated with the recruitment of migrant labour

Workplace Law team

If you have any queries in respect of the above, or any other Workplace Law issues, please contact a member of Lane Neave’s Workplace Law team:

Employment: Andrew Shaw, Fiona McMillan, Julia HurrenJackie Behrnes, Siobhan Rastrick, Gwen Drewitt; Holly Struckman
Immigration: Mark Williams, Rachael Mason, Nicky Robertson, Hetish Lochan, Daniel Kruger, Lavinia Shanks, Winnie Chen, Caroline Edwards, Ken Huang
ACC: Andrew Shaw
Health and Safety: Andrew Shaw, Julia HurrenFiona McMillan, Gwen Drewitt

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