Stuff – Children’s work not ‘chores’: Gloriavale leavers win Employment Court case
By Joanne Naish and Cate Macintosh – Stuff – 10/005/2022
Former Gloriavale members say they are “finally being heard” after the Employment Court’s ruling that they were employees.
Two of the three former workers who brought the case, Daniel Pilgrim and Hosea Courage, spoke to media outside Christchurch’s justice precinct after Chief Judge Christina Inglis’ judgment was released on Tuesday.
The judge considered whether an employment relationship existed between Gloriavale leaders and the leavers when they worked in the community’s commercial businesses. She reserved her decision on the identity of the employer/employers within the Gloriavale structure, and also reserved details of the costs the plaintiffs were entitled to.
Pilgrim said it was “overwhelming” that they were “finally being heard”, and the decision would have “ramifications for a lot of people”.