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Australia Cricket Australia settles case with woman sacked over abortion tweets

12:06  14 september  2018
12:06  14 september  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Former Cricket Australia employee Angela Williamson has settled her case with the sport's governing body, avoiding what could have been an expensive court battle.

Tasmania-based Ms Williamson was sacked by sport's national governing body after it claimed she had breached its social media policy and rendered her working relationship with the state government untenable because of tweets from her personal account that were critical of the state's abortion services.

Ms Williamson had lodged her case with the Federal Court last month, with court documents revealing explosive allegations about Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman's involvement in the sacking. However, Cricket Australia said on Friday the matter had been settled.

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"Following ongoing discussions, Cricket Australia, Cricket Tasmania and Angela Williamson have been able to reach a mutually satisfactory resolution of the matter," a spokesman said.

Cricket Australia would not elaborate on the terms of the settlement.

Ms Wiliamson had been represented by lawyer Kamal Farouque of Maurice Blackburn.

Ms Williamson had been in the role with Cricket Tasmania for 18 months, having joined from the Department of Premier and Cabinet, when she was sacked.

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In the documents lodged with the Federal Court, Ms Williamson had alleged that Cricket Tasmania had determined her role was "no longer tenable" because she had upset Health Minister Michael Ferguson and the Premier with her June 14 tweet.

Ms Williamson had taken aim at Mr Ferguson's comments in the Tasmanian Parliament, where his hesitancy to lift restrictions on abortions in public hospitals was, according to Ms Williamson, "irresponsible, gutless and reckless".

She had been forced to travel to Melbourne earlier this year for a surgical abortion as she could not access suitable services in Tasmania.

The statement of claim also alleged that Cricket Tasmania chief executive Nick Cummins had told Ms Williamson that Mr Hodgman was "lying" when he assured her he had not raised concerns with CA about her comments. Mr Hodgman maintained he had not played any role in her dismissal.

Ms Williamson had sought compensation for loss of income, humiliation, damage to her reputation, anxiety and distress.

Mr Farouque, of Maurice Blackburn, had said on social media the case highlighted the right of women to access abortion, the right to express political opinion without losing your job and the increasing intrusion of employers on the private lives of their employees.

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