Seven Must Pay Weekly Compensation To Former My Kitchen Rules Contestant For “Psychological Injury”

Seven Must Pay Weekly Compensation To Former My Kitchen Rules Contestant For “Psychological Injury”
B&T Magazine
Edited by B&T Magazine
SHARE
THIS



Former My Kitchen Rules contestant Piper O’Neill, who appeared in the 2019 season, has been awarded compensation after a claim against Channel Seven where she argued she was left unable to work due to ‘psychological injury’.

O’Neill’s (pictured left) claim centered on a ‘sex scandal’ storyline perpetuated by the Network when they revealed her relationship with a rival contestant, Victor Aeberli (pictured right). O’Neill has two children, and was seperated from her husband at the time of the show’s filming.

Her partner in the experiment, Veronica Critovoa told news.com.au in 2019 that before the ‘bombshell’ was revealed, “everyone [the other contestants] knew what was going on between Victor and Piper.”

“It’s just very unfair because it’s all public. She’s got a family and two kids and this is really unfair.”

O’Neill lodged a worker’s compensation claim against Seven in August of 2020, where she sought almost $1000 in weekly benefits starting from December 24 2018. The $1000 referred to the $500 paid weekly to the contestants for being on the show, and an additional $500 allowance given to the contestants to buy food for the program.

One of the central disputes of the case was whether this allowance counted towards O’Neill’s pre-injury average weekly earnings (PIAWE), which is used to determine the amount of compensation a worker recieves.

As reported by news.com.au, commissions member Carolyn Rimmer said that, “there is a dispute as to PIAWE and as to whether the payment of $500 per week by the respondent in addition to the ‘fee’ of $500 per week as an allowance which should be included in her ordinary earnings.”

According to Rimmer, O’Neill argued that whether the $500 was meal allowance was “arbitrary and did not alter the substantive reality that the applicant was remunerate in the sum of $1000 per week for each week that she worked for the respondent.”

In a supplementary statement, O’Neill said that the $500 for food was “for our personal food, which is actually seperate from the food that we were using for practose.”

“I understood that it was something akin to a meal allowance and that we could use the money in anyway we wanted and there were no rules regarding obtaining payment.

In contrast, Seven said that $500 was for the expense of ingredients, meaning it should be seperate from calculation of PIAWE.

On this claim, Rimmer agreed with Seven, ordering that they should pay O’Neill a weekly rate of $475 for the weeks between December 24 2018 and March 25 2019.

In the original workers compensation claim, O’Neill alleged that her psychological injury was “due to vilification and bullying from producers and the network.”

She also alleged that this included “over 40 hour work weeks, control over her phone, distortions of her actions and words after editing, victimisation, bullying and harassment and unfair treatment and adverse interactions with other workers, producers and staff”.

Seven disputed several allegations, including whether O’Neill sustained injury and became incapacitated and, if so, whether her employment by Seven was a substantial contributing factor.

They also disputed whether she was indeed classified as a worker, and claimed that she did not file her compensation claim within the legally required time frame.

A Seven spokesperson told B&T that, “we refute any claims in this case. There has been no settlement or lump sum payment. As this matter is ongoing, we have no further comment.”

Featured Image: Facebook/My Kitchen Rules

Please login with linkedin to comment

Seven

Latest News

LED Display - Job Openings
  • Technology

Australian Tech Jobs Stunt COVID Slump

New data has revealed that Australia’s technology workforce managed to grow in 2020, despite the widespread financial downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. ACS has released its annual Australia’s Digital Pulse report, prepared by Deloitte Access Economics, which looked at how the technology sector performed during the pandemic. And with 2020 seeing the continued rise of eCommerce, […]

by B&T Magazine

B&T Magazine
US Attorneys General Urge Facebook To Abandon Plans For Kids Instagram
  • Media
  • Technology

US Attorneys General Urge Facebook To Abandon Plans For Kids Instagram

Attorneys General of more than 40 US states have called for Mark Zuckerberg to reverse plans for a version of Instagram aimed at children. In March, Buzzfeed published an internal company post stating that the company was looking to build a version of Instagram for children under 13 – the current age minimum of the app. […]

by B&T Magazine

B&T Magazine
Women Leading Tech: Outfit’s Ash Ivory On The Power Of Trust
  • Technology

Women Leading Tech: Outfit’s Ash Ivory On The Power Of Trust

While the 2021 Women Leading Tech awards have been and gone, at B&T we are always looking to celebrate the brilliant women leading the tech industry. Ash Ivory is Outfit’s head of product and spoke to B&T about getting women into product design, leading the next generation of tech, and the joys of motorbikes. B&T: How has […]

Australian Companies 2 Design And Voice Adelaide See Success In Typography Awards
  • Marketing

Australian Companies 2 Design And Voice Adelaide See Success In Typography Awards

Two winners each from Australia and New Zealand were among those revealed by the Type Directors Club. The Types Directors Club is the world’s leading typography organization and part of The One Club for Creativity, with the companies awarded at two premiere global awards programs: TDC67 Communication Design and 24TDC Typeface Design competitions. In Australia, […]

Nature Appoints New Leadership Team
  • Technology

Nature Appoints New Leadership Team

Nature announces new leadership team. Still a little remiss giving the hedgerow out the front a trim and shaping.

Cresta Awards Announce dentsu mcgarrybowen’s Merlee Jayme As Chair
  • Media

Cresta Awards Announce dentsu mcgarrybowen’s Merlee Jayme As Chair

Merlee Jayme, Global President of Dentsu McGarrybowen, is confirmed as this year’s Chair of the prestigious Cresta Awards. The much-awarded ‘Chairmom’ and Chief Creative Officer of Philippines agency Dentsu, Jayme Syfu, says she cannot wait to see what gets entered in this year’s competition. Her role includes vision-setting for the jury of 120+ leading creatives […]

The Wired Agency Wins Leading Digital Learning Business
  • Marketing

The Wired Agency Wins Leading Digital Learning Business

Following a pitch process, The Wired Agency [Wired] has won the creative, digital and social remit for the digital education business, CoWorks. Specialising in providing digital based coaching to HSC students, CoWorks is growing its offering across New South Wales following the profound impact Covid had and continues to have, on students and how they […]

Seven’s Jack McLintock Joins Media Monitoring Company Streem
  • Media

Seven’s Jack McLintock Joins Media Monitoring Company Streem

Realtime media monitoring company Streem has appointed Jack McLintock to the new role of Media Relations Manager. McLintock was previously Corporate and Government Affairs Manager at Seven West Media, and also has several years’ experience working in federal politics. Streem CEO Elgar Welch said McLintock’s strong media industry and corporate affairs experience was a key […]

Think HQ Moves Research Practice In House With Appointment Of Dr Pauline Ho
  • Marketing

Think HQ Moves Research Practice In House With Appointment Of Dr Pauline Ho

In a move that strengthens its research offering, purpose-driven integrated communications agency Think HQ has brought its research function in-house and appointed Dr Pauline Ho (pictured right) to lead development of its growing research operation. Dr Pauline Ho has joined Think HQ as Strategy and Insights Manager. She is an experienced research and evaluation specialist […]