An Australian father who claims he was sacked for being too fat to lift a couch after his family traveled 3,000km for work, held back tears as he described how he was forced to deliver the news. for his son.
Hamish Griffin, 51, ended his life in Cloncurry, Far North Queensland, last month to take up a management position at a Big4 holiday park in Tasmania.
But Mr Griffin, his wife Hazel and their eight-year-old son Freddie found themselves homeless again after the newly appointed park manager was sacked on day one, accused of being ‘too fat’.
Mr Griffin has now made a legal bid for half a million dollars in compensation after he was fired by the park owner, who he unreasonably claimed he was incapable of fulfilling the role. mine.
Hamish Griffin, 51, has moved with his wife Hazel and son Freddie (pictured together) 3000km south to Tasmania after taking over as park manager
Mr Griffin claims he only took on the role for two hours when his employer asked him to help move a sofa, then ‘rips off’ him saying he was physically incompetent before falling discharge him.
“He said, ‘I don’t think you can,’ and I said, ‘Why? ‘, he then said, ‘I think you’re too fat,’ he told A Current Affair.
‘He completely destroyed me.’
However, the withdrawing franchise owner told the show he ‘never’ called Mr Griffin fat.
He said Mr. Griffin applied for a general manager position, rather than a park manager, a more physically demanding job than the latter.
“He said, ‘I don’t think you can climb a ladder, I don’t think you can push a lawn mower,'” Griffin stated.
‘I said, “What makes you think that?” and he said “because you’re fat”. ”
The father had previously spent three successful years working as a physically demanding ADF foodservice manager in Afghanistan, supplying the Australian military.
Mr Griffin, who has dropped from 208kg to 130kg from 208kg before taking the job, said he has worked in a similar role in a harsher environment for the past eight years while in Queensland.
The father, who spent eight years doing the same job, has lost 90kg from his heaviest point of 208kg before starting the role.
Mr Griffin claims he was fired for two hours on his first day after a park manager told him he was ‘too fat’ to lift a sofa
‘And this guy [in Tasmania] had the audacity to rip my life apart by telling me I was too fat to run his property,’ Mr Griffin said.
In January Mr Griffin accepted a $23,000 severance payment from his former boss as a ‘full and final payment’, but is now seeking $500,000 in compensation for ‘shaming through a joint defense claim.
Despite suffering ‘heartbreak and shame’ for being ‘fat shame’, the hardest part was the daunting task of explaining to her young child why the family was thrown out right away. instantly.
“He said, ‘But why dad? You are the manager, you are the boss. Why do we have to go again? ‘, Mr. Griffin recounted with tears in his eyes.
‘We are really looking forward to the change of this beautiful sea. Freddie was excited to see the Tasmanian platypus and devil and all that sort of thing.
‘It’s really, really hard.’
Mr Griffin, moved his family from northwest Queensland to Tasmania for the role – only to get the shoes after two hours of work.
Mr. Griffin with Freddie and Hazel in Cloncurry, where he worked for eight years managing Discovery parks
The new details come after Mr Griffin recently revealed his dismissal was particularly severe after he had spent the past few years embarking on a weight loss journey.
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia last month, Mr Griffin shared how he lost 90kg before taking on the role after realizing he needed to make a change.
The birth of his beloved son Freddie, now 8, is what makes him want to change.
‘I admit that I was a great guy for a good part of my life, however because of my family I always wanted to be the best I could be for my family so 8 years ago I shook hands into weight loss. Mr Griffin has spoken before about the journey like many Australians.
‘I’ve had great results as my friends and family will attest. I went through surgery, diet, exercise, blood, sweat and tears to lose 90kg by myself.
‘This is something that hurts a lot…. After feeling like he did a great job, this lousy person kept telling me that I was too fat to be a manager. ‘
He claimed his new employer, the owner of the holiday, justified the decision by speculating that he would not be able to mow the lawn or climb a ladder, and that any person ‘reasonably ‘ would agree.
Mr. Griffin shared about his remarkable weight loss journey, which helped him lose 90kg in 8 years, spurred on by the birth of his son Freddie. (pictured, Mr Griffin in 2018 on the left and 2022 on the right)
Mr Griffin said his son Freddie was ‘excited’ to find the platypus in Tasmania and was hoping to find a Tasmanian Devil. But he had to tell him they were leaving when he was fired after two hours of work
Mr Griffin has lost 90kg since his son Freddie was born. He is pictured on the left in 2013 and in 2022 on the right
Mr Griffin also claimed the park owner had ‘insulted’ him by claiming he had hidden his ‘health condition’, which he explained was ‘obese’.
The park’s owners confirmed in a statement provided to ABC that they believe Mr Griffin denied a medical problem.
Mr Griffin subsequently received legal advice that the perception of a medical issue without evidence could be the basis for a discrimination case.
Mr Griffin, his wife and son have just arrived in Tasmania after selling off most of their properties to make the journey from the remote Queensland town to the northwest, where he managed holiday parks for eight years.
He claimed that he was physically able to perform all the duties necessary to perform his job during that time.
Mr Griffin said: “Bringing a few extra kilos in my mind hasn’t bothered me and hasn’t bothered me for the past eight years to carry out my duties as a park manager.
He claims he has not been given a fair chance to ‘prove I’m capable’.
Hamish Griffin meets Prime Minister in campaign to slash high fares to travel to northwest Queensland
Mr Griffin has worked around the world managing camps and accommodation, including in Afghanistan (pictured)
Instead, his new employer terminated his contract ‘because he thought I couldn’t do these things and could hold him accountable through injury because I was too fat’.
Mr Griffin first shared his experience in a social media post about family and friends, telling them he had ‘bad news’.
‘I have to say with so much heartache and confusion that I have to advise that changing the dream tree to Apple Isle for Griffin’s has turned into a nightmare … before it even started.’
‘I completed a video interview for the job and sent him links to [an online] photo to which he replied “what a lovely photo of you all”, he said.
Park owners told the ABC that Mr Griffin’s dismissal was due to health issues at work over concerns Mr Griffin would harm himself at work.
They also claimed he had denied health conditions from employers.
Daily Mail Australia had previously approached Big4 Park for further comment but received no response.
Mr Griffin claims he only took on the role for two days when his employer, the park’s owner, asked him to help move a sofa, then ‘rips off’ him, saying he was incompetent. physically before firing him.
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