Will Izzy play again? Israel Folau insists that Rugby Australia apologizes and claims to have the right to resume his career – as his list of demands is revealed in explosive new court documents
- Israel Folau has filed a claim in court for unlawful termination of his contract
- Rugby Australia tore its $ 4 million contract in May after religious online mail
- His legal team told the Federal Circuit Court that the dismissal violates the Fair Work Act
- The Australian Christian lobby has raised $ 2 million in donations for its legal costs
- He is demanding an apology, financial compensation and resuming the game
Israel Folau has filed a claim for unlawful termination of his contract with the court and demands that Rugby Australia apologize for his dismissal, he will be financially compensated – and that he may resume his career.
The eight-page claim was filed with the Federal Circuit Court in Melbourne on Tuesday – with reference to a section of the Fair Work Act that prevents someone from being fired based on their religion.
The Legal team at Folau claims that there is & # 39; nothing unlawful & # 39; is up to the social media of the rugby star who condemns homosexuals to hell and that & # 39; certainly did not justify that Mr. Folau lost his career and livelihood & # 39 ;, The Australian reported.
His lawyers MacPherson Kelley and lawyer Stuart Wood QC specifically state that his resignation contravenes S772 of the Fair Work Act 2009, adding that Folau & # 39; s social media activity & # 39; is not affiliated with his for any purpose. work & # 39 ;.
Israel Folau (depicted with wife Maria) has filed a claim in court for unlawful termination of his Rugby contract
The move was expected after Folau and Rugby Australia failed to reach an agreement during a Fair Work Commission hearing (photo; Folau outside the Fair Work Commission hearing)
The entry also requires an apology from Rugby Australia and the right to resume the game for the NSW Waratahs and the Wallabies – also in the upcoming World Cup.
& # 39; His form and natural talent suggests that he would remain a star player for both teams & # 39 ;, said the Folau legal team in the claim.
The claim for unlawful termination was expected after Folau and Rugby Australia failed to reach an agreement during a Fair Work Commission hearing in June.
Rugby Australia broke the $ 4 million contract from Folau on May 17 this year.
The organization said on Instagram posts in which Folau stated that homosexuals & # 39; hell await & # 39; a & # 39; high-level violation & # 39; of the professional code of conduct for rugby players.
His resignation has led to a national debate on religious freedoms and discrimination.
Folau & # 39; s lawyer at the Fair Work Commission hearing, George Haros, said the rugby star's legal team & # 39; was unable to reach an agreement with Rugby Australia & # 39; during the three-hour meeting.
& # 39; It seems that unless something changes, we go to court, & # 39; said Mr. Haros.
Folau himself said outside the hearing that he was basically fighting the issue.
& # 39; Very disappointed with the outcome today. I want to thank everyone who supported me during this time. I will continue to stand up for the freedoms of all Australians, & he said.
The 30-year-old previously released a video demanding an apology from Rugby Australia for his treatment.
The lawsuit will affect workplaces throughout Australia about what religious freedom and discrimination means (photo; Israel Folau with wife Maria)
The lawsuit will affect workplaces throughout Australia about freedom of religion and discrimination.
The fight could even go all the way to the High Court with Rugby Australia on one side and Folau and his restrained supporters on the other.
In June, Folau launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise $ 3 million to cover its legal costs.
Many, including former rugby players, criticized the fundraising campaign and called it & # 39; greedy & # 39 ;.
Drew Mitchell, who played alongside Folau in the Wallabies, said there were others who deserved more donations.
Drew Mitchell, who played alongside Folau in the Wallabies, said there were others who deserved more donations
The Daily Telegraph has previously reported that Folau has a property portfolio worth $ 7 million.
GoFundMe stopped the campaign on June 24 and said it violated their terms of service by promoting discrimination.
The Australian Christian Lobby has announced that it will set up an alternative donation site the next day.
This website raised $ 2 million in two days before it was closed by the ACL and Folau.
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