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Israël Folau laughed when he and his lawyers lifted up for his Fair Work meeting

Israel Folau has not reached an agreement with Rugby Australia.

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The fired Wallaby met his former employer at the Fair Work Commission in Sydney on Friday in the first step of his unfair dismissal case.

Folau, one of Australia & # 39; s best rugby players, was fired last month for sharing a religious post on Instagram that was considered homophobic.

He claims that his dismissal was illegal and is seeking $ 10 million in compensation.

Israël Folau laughed when he and his lawyers lifted up for his Fair Work meeting

Israël Folau laughed when he and his lawyers lifted up for his Fair Work meeting

Israel Folau has arrived for a meeting with Rugby Australia at the Fair Work Commission

Israel Folau has arrived for a meeting with Rugby Australia at the Fair Work Commission

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Israel Folau has arrived for a meeting with Rugby Australia at the Fair Work Commission

The dumped Wallaby star said he wants his former employer to admit it was wrong to fire him.

& # 39; I hope for an apology. I would be happy with that, & he told reporters when he entered the meeting.

But no settlement was reached, setting up a lawsuit.

& # 39; We are disappointed that we could not reach an agreement with Rugby Australia today & # 39 ;, Folau & # 39; s lawyer George Haros told reporters.

& # 39; It seems that unless things change, we will go to court. & # 39;

Folau said he & # 39; was very disappointed by the result & # 39 ;.

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& # 39; But I would like to thank everyone who supported me during this period. I will continue to stand up for the freedoms of all Australians, & he said.

Folau was seen laughing and smiling on his way to the meeting, which took place after 20,000 supporters had donated $ 2.2 million to finance his legal costs through a campaign set up by the Australian Christian Lobby.

This saga has fueled the mother of all cultural wars

Employment lawyer Josh Bornstein

A small group of Folau fans were outside the building.

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One told him: & # 39; God goes with your brother & # 39; before the star replied "Thank you friend".

In a video posted on his website Friday morning, Folau told his supporters that he wanted to apologize.

He said: & # 39; Hopefully Rugby Australia accepts that my termination was illegal and we can agree on how they can correct that error.

& # 39; First of all, I hope for an apology from Rugby Australia and an acknowledgment that even if they disagree with my views, I must be free to peacefully express my religious beliefs without fear of retribution or exclusion. & # 39;

RA fired Folau after having a problem with social media in April by the dedicated Christian who was convicted of being homophobic.

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Folau had paraphrased a Bible passage that said & # 39; drunkards, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters & # 39; would go to hell unless they repented.

In a video posted on his website Friday morning, Folau (shown at the Fair Work Commission on Friday) told his supporters that he wanted an apology

In a video posted on his website Friday morning, Folau (shown at the Fair Work Commission on Friday) told his supporters that he wanted an apology

In a video posted on his website Friday morning, Folau (shown at the Fair Work Commission on Friday) told his supporters that he wanted an apology

A small group of Folau fans were outside the building when Folau (photo) arrived

A small group of Folau fans were outside the building when Folau (photo) arrived

Folau enters the elevator into the building

Folau enters the elevator into the building

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A small group of Folau fans were outside the building when Folau (photo) arrived

He claims that he was wrongfully dismissed on religious grounds.

Folau wants $ 10 million in damages from RA and wants his multi-million-dollar contract to be restored.

Experts say the case will linger for a long time and may end up in court.

& # 39; Any settlement will not take place until the parties approach the federal court for a hearing & # 39 ;, said Giuseppe Carabetta, an associate professor of labor law at the University of Sydney Business School.

& # 39; They are unlikely to agree to arbitration if there is no mediated outcome today.

& # 39; Without any settlement between the parties, we are probably on our way to the Federal Court, where it will be treated as a dispute over employment and code of conduct, & # 39; he said.

& # 39; The case may have a long way to go. & # 39;

Folau claimed on Thursday evening that RA had offered him money to remove the post that caused the issue, but refused to do so because sharing the Bible was part of his Christian duty.

& # 39; I could not do that as someone who has been condemned by my faith. I couldn't live with that, & Folau said.

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& # 39; It certainly comes from a place of love and it is nothing personal. & # 39;

RA fired Folau after having a problem with social media in April by the committed Christian who was convicted of being homophobic

RA fired Folau after having a problem with social media in April by the committed Christian who was convicted of being homophobic

He claims that he was wrongfully dismissed on religious grounds

He claims that he was wrongfully dismissed on religious grounds

RA fired Folau after having a problem with social media in April by the committed Christian who was convicted of being homophobic

Israel Folau occurs its Fair Work meeting with Rugby Australia

Israel Folau occurs its Fair Work meeting with Rugby Australia

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Israel Folau occurs its Fair Work meeting with Rugby Australia

But RA immediately returned and said that Folau & # 39; s claim & # 39; not at all true & # 39; and they had never offered him money to delete the messages.

More than 20,000 people have donated more than $ 2.2 million to fund Folau & # 39; s legal battle through a campaign set up by the Australian Christian Lobby.

The ACL effort replaced a previous campaign on GoFundMe that was removed by the platform for breach of service guidelines.

& # 39; I want to thank you all for your prayers and your support. You made it possible for me to stand up for every Australian of faith, & Folau said.

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& # 39; I know we are strong enough to tolerate different opinions without getting people out of their jobs because of expressing religious beliefs that not everyone agrees with.

& # 39; Jesus would be fired & # 39 ;: Top labor lawyer beats the & # 39; ridiculous & # 39; social media rules in the fight against the use of the Israel Folau contract

By Stephen Johnson for Daily Mail Australia

One of Australia's leading employment lawyers said modern workplace social media clauses are so strict that even Jesus Christ himself would not evade the bag.

Josh Bornstein, chief lawyer for Maurice Blackburn, said the Folau saga has given rise to & # 39; the mother of all cultural wars & # 39 ;.

He said the matter should be seen in the context of a wider debate on freedom of expression and freedom of religion.

The class action prosecutor criticized social-social clauses in the workplace and stated that Jesus Christ should be out of work today because of & # 39; unemployment that has become ridiculously high in the labor market & # 39 ;.

One of Australia & # 39; s leading employment lawyers suggested that Jesus Christ would be fired as Israel Folau (pictured right with wife Mary) for violating a modern social media clause in the workplace

One of Australia & # 39; s leading employment lawyers suggested that Jesus Christ would be fired as Israel Folau (pictured right with wife Mary) for violating a modern social media clause in the workplace

One of Australia & # 39; s leading employment lawyers suggested that Jesus Christ would be fired as Israel Folau (pictured right with wife Mary) for violating a modern social media clause in the workplace

& # 39; The code and workplace policy conditions now require employees to be effective brand ambassadors on a 24-7 basis and meet requirements that Jesus Christ would not be able to meet if he were still moving among us & # 39 ;, he told the ABC & # 39; s 7.30 program on Tuesday.

& # 39; If Jesus Christ were still moving among us, he would be unemployed. & # 39;

He spoke out when the Australian Christian lobby raised more than $ 1.7 million in just two days to help Folau, a fundamentalist Pentecostal, defeat Rugby Australia in the Fair Work Commission during his resignation in May of his four-year $ contract 4 million.

Starting Wednesday morning, the crowdfunding campaign had more than doubled the $ 765,000 that Folau had accumulated on Go Fund Me four days before the US company closed the deal.

Folau tries to raise 3 million dollars from his supporters, despite being a millionaire with an extensive real estate portfolio, to campaign for religious freedom.

Mr. Bornstein said that Folau & # 39; s lawsuit could run for $ 300,000.

& # 39; I think the $ 3 million idea for his business is ridiculous, & # 39; he said.

Folau was fired last month for tweeting and posting on Instagram that & drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolaters & # 39; needed to repent for their sins and turn to Jesus Christ

Folau was fired last month for tweeting and posting on Instagram that & drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolaters & # 39; needed to repent for their sins and turn to Jesus Christ

Folau was fired last month for tweeting and posting on Instagram that & drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolaters & # 39; needed to repent for their sins and turn to Jesus Christ

& # 39; That case could be conducted for a fraction of that amount and function very effectively. & # 39;

However, the ACL raises extra money in case Folau & # 39; s legal issue has to go to the High Court.

Folau also had an unlikely defender in the left-wing federal Labor MP Stephen Jones, who in vain moved the account of a private member in favor of same-sex marriage in 2012.

Although he disagreed with the sentiments of the fired rugby union about homosexuals, he said it was a mistake for Rugby Australia to fire him.

& # 39; If we try to push those opinions underground, or somehow try to take away people's ability to express their religious views, I find that not useful at all & # 39 ;, said he Tuesday against ABC Radio National.

Without referring to Folau & # 39; s Polynesian ethnicity, Mr. Jones said that support for multiculturalism requires him to accept different views.

& # 39; This is what multiculturalism looks like, & # 39; he said.

& # 39; It seems that people from different cultures, different beliefs, different backgrounds come to our country and express different opinions, even if they fundamentally disagree with the views I have. & # 39;

Folau also had an unlikely defender in the left-wing federal Labor MP Stephen Jones, who in vain moved the bill of a private member in 2012 in favor of same-sex marriage

Folau also had an unlikely defender in the left-wing federal Labor MP Stephen Jones, who in vain moved the bill of a private member in 2012 in favor of same-sex marriage

Folau also had an unlikely defender in the left-wing federal Labor MP Stephen Jones, who in vain moved the bill of a private member in 2012 in favor of same-sex marriage

Folau was fired last month to twitter and post on Instagram that & # 39; drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolaters & # 39; repent for their sins and turn to Jesus Christ.

Despite paraphrasing New Testament quotes from the Corinthians in the Bible, Rugby Australia, chief executive Raelene Castle, considered them anti-gay.

Mr. Bornstein is described by Maurice Blackburn as & # 39; one of the best employment lawyers in the world & # 39 ;.

Last year he represented ABC journalist Osman Faruqi when he launched defamation against right-wing media commentator Mark Latham, who is now a New South Wales One Nation MP.

Faruqi, the son of Greens senator Mehreen Faruqi, won over forcing Mr. Latham, a former Federal Labor leader, to pay $ 100,000 in legal fees for suggesting his tweets about white people who had encouraged Islamic terrorism.

Mr. Bornstein has been linked to leftist goals during his prevented legal career, as a result of which he saw the Maritime Union of Australia against Patrick Stevedores during the waterfront dispute in 1998.

Josh Bornstein, the chief lawyer for Maurice Blackburn, has spoken out because the fired Wallaby has raised more than $ 1.6 million to fight Rugby Australia (shown with Australian Workers Union National Secretary Daniel Walton)

Josh Bornstein, the chief lawyer for Maurice Blackburn, has spoken out because the fired Wallaby has raised more than $ 1.6 million to fight Rugby Australia (shown with Australian Workers Union National Secretary Daniel Walton)

Josh Bornstein, the chief lawyer for Maurice Blackburn, has spoken out because the fired Wallaby has raised more than $ 1.6 million to fight Rugby Australia (shown with Australian Workers Union National Secretary Daniel Walton)

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