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A FORMER Brisbane train cleaner has sued Queensland Rail for more than half a million dollars, claiming he was ridiculed in the workplace with the nickname “Fluffy Nuts”.
David Clarence Adams, 50, who now lives at Moore Park, near Bundaberg, has sued for $644,000 in the Supreme Court.
Mr Adams claims that he suffered a “serious mental disorder”, pain and suffering after QR failed to protect him from bullying by colleagues at the Mayne Rail Yard in Bowen Hills.
In his claim, Mr Adams states he has not returned to work since January 2015, after QR failed to provide him with support or counselling or supervise his colleagues.
Mr Adams, a “fleet presentation supervisor” earning $1100 a week after tax, claims that QR “took no steps to monitor the situation or attempt to stop the continued name calling” when Mr Adams was called “Fluffy Nuts” and “Fluffy” by colleagues in 2011 and 2012.
Mr Adams stated he felt “disgusting, sick and angry” when he was called “Fluffy” during a staff meeting in 2012, as well as in graffiti tags around the rail yard and in anonymous calls to his mobile.
“Fluffy, we’re going to get you, you’re gone,” one caller allegedly told him.
Mr Adams also claims that “food and liquids” were inserted into his locker at the Mayne Rail Yard, and his lunch was removed from the fridge and thrown away.
In his claim filed on August 1, Mr Adams is seeking $644,000 in damages. When $132,000 is refunded to WorkCover, his net claim is for $512,236.
This article first appeared on www.couriermail.com.au
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