According to a labor law attorney, Collingwood’s concerns that Adam Treloar’s family circumstances may have affected his ability to play football are unfair and potentially discriminatory.
Adam Treloar’s partner, netball player Kim Ravaillion, is moving to Queensland for her netball careerNathan Buckley said Collingwood was concerned about how a long distance relationship would affect Treloar’s wellbeingGiri Sivaraman says Collingwood’s approach is not appropriate in any other workplace
Treloar was one of four Magpies players forced to find new clubs on a hectic final day of the AFL’s trading session last week as Collingwood tried to ease pressure on his salary cap.
Though he was still under contract for five years, there was fierce speculation about Treloar’s future after his partner Kim Ravaillion announced that she would be moving to Queensland with her young daughter to pursue her super netball career.
Ravaillion returns to the Queensland Firebirds after three seasons at Collingwood in 2021, where they won two premierships prior to the start of Super Netball.
Magpies manager Nathan Buckley told SEN Radio on Monday that Treloar’s family situation was “some form of catalyst” in the club’s decision to sell the midfielder to another club.
Buckley said Treloar’s separation from Collingwood was in no way possible “without trauma or pain”.
“I’m old enough and mature enough to understand in high pressure, heart-related situations, that unanticipated results can occur,” said Buckley.
Giri Sivaraman, an employment law attorney with Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, said Collingwood’s approach was not fair to Treloar.
“I’m very surprised,” he told ABC.
“In fact, he seems to be saying, ‘We can’t keep you here because you may have to support your wife and / or child at some point, and we can’t take that in.’
“First, I wonder if this is discrimination based on caregiver responsibility, and second, I think it’s just asking too much of someone. Whether it’s discriminatory or not, it definitely seems unfair.”
Mr Sivaraman said every employer has an obligation to take responsibility for caregivers, and Collingwood’s approach would not be appropriate in any other workplace.
“There wasn’t even an attempt to put it here,” he said.
“They just assumed that because his partner is moving interstate – just for netball season, I suppose – that’s something they can’t accommodate.
“It’s not a case that he broke his duties, he let the club down or something. All of this is hypothetical and I think that’s the big problem.
“It’s like saying to someone who is pregnant, ‘Well, even though you told me when you get back to work that you will be able to manage your job and your caring responsibilities, I just think that you can’t. ” So I won’t have a job for you when you come back. ‘
“A lot of the women I have represented have been in that position and I’ve always said it’s illegal.”
Nathan Buckley (left) signed Adam Treloar’s departure from the Magpies last week. (AAP: Richard Wainwright)
Buckley said it was Collingwood’s responsibility to figure out how Treloar’s family situation would affect his job.
“We have a right to judge it based on what we know about Adam and the experiences we’ve had since joining the club,” said Buckley, alluding to Treloar’s story of fear.
Mr Sivaraman said that labor law also requires employers to try to accommodate a worker’s mental or physical impairments.
“”[Collingwood] took a different approach and decided it just won’t work and we don’t want what they perceive as liability, “he said.
“I just find that disappointing.”
Mr Sivaraman said the management of Treloar and his family are exemplary of how AFL clubs demand the “mind, body and soul” of a player.
He said this goes against the general treatment expected by employers in 2020.
“This year has shown us that these are things that were certainly not thought possible,” he said.
“The number of flexible working arrangements has increased stratospheric.”
Pie Player Treats “Too Well”: McGuire
Collingwood President Eddie McGuire declined to criticize the club for mistreating the players it trafficked.
“If you criticize what Collingwood has been doing to his players lately, they’ve been taking too good care of the players regarding the salary cap,” McGuire told Triple M’s Hot Breakfast radio program.
“And the players sensationally reversed their contracts to achieve this because there was a window of opportunity.” [for a flag]. “
McGuire suggested that the fallout was a media hit during the Magpies trading period.
“It’s a big story because the other stories have been put to death for 10 days and Collingwood hasn’t done much on (AFL) Trade Radio and things like that,” he said.
“The media always likes to look for people who are not eager to get involved with things like this.
“Nuance is everything. We could have continued with the salary cap so it wasn’t like it was a fire sale. We’ve changed, we’ve turned and we’re looking ahead.”