After being retrenched twice last year, English recruitment consultant Wayne Reveley couldn’t believe his luck when he received three job offers.
After several interviews, Reveley thought he’d found the job for him and accepted a role with the accountability wing of Ambition Corporate Services on August 10, walking away from the other offers.
“It was fantastic, as I was on notice to leave the country. It was a lengthy interview process and very, very thorough,” Reveley said.
Ambition contracted a migration agent to start securing a 457 visa for Reveley to stay in the country.
Reveley said he was asked to come into the office on August 18 to pick up some papers.
“I told them they’d caught me on the way to the beach. But they said it was fine — that I’d literally just be coming in to collect the paperwork,” he said.
Three days later Reveley was invited to attend Ambition’s ten-year anniversary celebrations, where he met the directors of the company and others at the business.
At the close of the function, Reveley was met by his then-partner.
“I introduced him to my colleagues, we had one drink, then we left,” he said.
Three weeks later, Reveley visited his migration agent.
“I thought the visa was taking a hell of a long time, so I wanted to get an update,” he said. “I walked in and the agent said ‘I’m very sorry to hear your news’. I said ‘what do you mean?’. ”
Reveley said the migration agent told him his job offer had been pulled and the migration process cancelled.
“I couldn’t believe it — I thought I’d gotten to know these people,” Reveley said. “When I rang them, they wouldn’t take my calls, so I went down to the office. I waited for an hour in reception but nobody came out to see me.”
Reveley claimed he later received a phone call from one of the company’s directors who told him he had offended someone in the company by bringing his boyfriend to a work event.
In response Reveley took Ambition through the Fair Work Australia Conciliation process, where he said Ambition claimed the offer had been withdrawn because he’d been wearing shorts and a T-shirt when he’d been called into the office. They claimed this had been an induction but Reveley flatly denies this.
“If this was something so inappropriate it was deemed a sackable offence, why did they invite me to the function three days later?”
Reveley said during the conciliation hearing, Ambition made no offer to redress the situation so he’s now taking them to court.
SSO contacted Ambition Corporate Services for comment but they did not reply before going to press.

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