The Wire – Employment Court rules Gloriavale leavers are employees, legal experts weigh in
The Wire – 95 b FM – 25/05/2022
On May 10, New Zealand’s Employment Court reached a landmark decision against the Gloriavale religious community, classifying the work members do as employment, going against their claims that residents were volunteers.
This comes after years of allegations against the Christian community that exposed a world of physical abuse and workplace violations, with children as young as six being made to work long hours at Gloriavale’s many businesses.
Dr Bill Hodge, an employment law expert, says the decision opens the door for other leavers to take further court action against Gloriavale over worker exploitation.