Queensland employers can sack over biometric data
03 December 2018 16:39 GMT

A tribunal in Australia has sided with the company in the case of a sawmill worker who said scanning system was a breach of his privacy.

The Fair Work Commission has decided against Jeremy Lee, a Queensland sawmill worker who refused to comply with a new fingerprint scanning policy. 

Between November 2017 and February 2018, Mr Lee and several managers of Superior Wood discussed Mr Lee’s refusal to use the scanners.

The parties were unable to resolve Lee’s concerns about the scanners and the employer’s insistence that the scanners be used by all employees. On 12 February 2018, Lee was issued with a letter of termination dismissing him from his employment on the grounds that he had failed to adhere to Superior Wood’s Site Attendance Policy.

The judge said "I am satisfied that the dismissal of Mr Lee was not in all the circumstances harsh, unjust or unreasonable. Accordingly, I find that Mr Lee’s dismissal was not unfair."

Lee is expected to appeal.