Stuff – Landmark Gloriavale employment ruling could open door for thousands of dollars in back pay
By Joanne Naish – Stuff – 10/05/2022
Former Gloriavale members who worked up to 70 hours a week for years were not volunteers, the Employment Court has ruled – a decision which could pave the way for them and others in the community to be compensated.
Three former workers brought the case against Gloriavale leaders, three of its businesses and the Labour Inspectorate after previous investigations found residents were not employees and therefore not protected by New Zealand employment laws.
Chief Judge Christina Inglis’ judgment released on Tuesday found the former members – Hosea Courage, Levi Courage and Daniel Pilgrim who were born in Gloriavale – were employees when they worked in the community’s commercial businesses from the age of 6.