A farm worker was unfairly sacked when the owner reacted badly to him bringing his dogs to the farm.

Phil Stewart worked on a property owned by David Lee-Jones and Cathy Douglas in Manawatu-Whanganui for a month on a contract that was renewed every two weeks.

Stewart, according to a recent Employment Relations Authority (ERA), knew a fulltime position would be available in coming months, and believed his position was a trial period before the fulltime job became available.

Douglas told him three weeks after he started work on the farm he would be leaving.

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Stewart says Douglas said his contract was not being renewed and "you may as well spend the next few days packing up".

Stewart asked why, and Douglas replied: "I didn't like the way you brought a new animal on the farm without consulting me."

Stewart said he had several dogs on the farm and was never told he couldn't bring extra dogs.

He brought a claim of unjustified dismissal to the ERA.

Douglas said she did have a problem with Stewart's dogs, but this wasn't why his employment was ended.

She said he was a casual worker and the employment was always going to be ended at some point.

The ERA found his employment was a fixed-term arrangement and was expected to end when a full-time worker was found for the available position and his dismissal was unjustified.

Douglas and Lee-Jones counter-claimed that Stewart damaged and removed items from the property, but the ERA said the claims were poorly supported and couldn't be proved.

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Douglas and Lee-Jones were ordered to pay Stewart $7705 in lost wages.