Employment law expert reacts to Folau's termination

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Friday, 17 May 2019, 6:29PM
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Israel Folau's four-year A$4 million contract has been terminated by Rugby Australia.

The decision was announced by Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle at a press conference this evening.

The Wallabies star had earlier sat through a three-day hearing in which he, Castle, Hore and Wallabies coach Michael Cheika all gave evidence.

Giuseppe Carabetta, an employment law expert at the University of Sydney's Business School, told Heather Du Plessis-Allan that a breach of contract is where the lawyers for Israel Folau will focus on.

"His team would argue that Israel's termination was not justified under the contract, and that includes the code of conduct.

"There may be some tricky legal issues going forward for Rugby Australia and whether the seriousness of Israel's behaviour warrants a dismissal."

Folau has the right to appeal the decision and has 72 hours to do so, but it is believed he will neglect that option and instead take Rugby Australia to the Supreme Court.

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