A teacher who was sacked for starting a sexual relationship with a former student has won his lawsuit and will be awarded $90,000 by his former employer.
John Martin was fired from Padua College in Victoria after the principal discovered he was in a relationship with an 18-year-old who had recently graduated.
Despite the girl stating that Mr Martin had never physically touched her in an inappropriate or sexual way before she graduated, her parents made a complaint, with them believing he groomed her while she was a student.
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As a result, the college sacked the 59-year-old, who then filed a complaint with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Mr Martin won his case, with VCAT finding the school treated him unfairly and discriminated against him by terminating his employment.
They have ordered the school pay Mr Martin $80,000 for economic loss and $10,000 for pain and suffering.