May's cases are often in the media:Browse through the articles below to see some examples of employment law cases that May has represented.
Tax-evading businesswoman made migrant graduate pay $90k in exchange for employment, residency reference
Desperate to make a life for himself in New Zealand, Wang submitted hundreds of job applications before being offered a role as the bookkeeper for Gill’s business.
The only catch was that the young graduate was required to pay her a sum of $90,000 in exchange for the job. In return, Wang would also be allowed to use his new boss as a reference to assist with gaining residency.
A woman whose employer told her she was “f***ing hopeless and “f***ing stupid” and was subjected to a number of incidents of workplace bullying has been awarded $25,000 in compensation and lost wages.
Two Indian priests (or granthi) say they have been exploited since coming to work in New Zealand, earning just $2000 and $1000 respectively for six months’ work.
Employment law advocate May Moncur is acting on behalf of the two men and has come across similar cases involving the Sikh community. “We’re trying our best to make sure that this doesn’t happen in the future by highlighting those cases, so the employers think twice before they’re trying to take advantage of the religious workers who are not aware of their rights.”
An Auckland restaurant has been ordered to pay $19,000 in compensation after unjustifiably dismissing a waiter whose husband questioned whether she was paid correctly following a Covid-19 wage subsidy claim.
The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) has found that Penrose business Good Food Vibes, trading as Big Fish Eatery, unjustifiably dismissed casual worker Alexis Dietz after the nationwide lockdown in 2020.