Mediacom files court documents which claim Rob Moore’s redundancy was due to a restructure, not his mental health

WPP’s media agency Mediacom has denied it made former executive Rob Moore redundant because he disclosed a diagnosis of depression to CEO Willie Pang.

Instead, Moore’s redundancy was “bona fide” and part of a broader restructure, the agency claims in further documents filed with the Federal Circuit Court,

Rob Moore told Mediacom CEO Willie Pang that he was living with depression last year

“The decision to make a number of employees redundant, including the applicant [Moore], was made following a restructure of the respondents Melbourne team,” the document reads.

“The applicant was not selected for redundancy because of a mental disability or otherwise discriminated against because of a disability.”

Moore commenced a general protections claim in court last month, claiming that he was made redundant because he told Pang of his mental health condition and requested a reduced workload. The former exec is seeking reinstatement alleging that the redundancy was not genuine because the new managing director position, filled by former Publicis chief client officer Carl Colman, is the same as his redundant general manager position except for the remuneration and position title. Mediacom opposes the reinstatement.

In addition to reinstatement, Moore is seeking compensation, costs, and a fine to be handed down against Mediacom. The agency opposes each of these remedies.

On 13 August, Registrar David Ryan cancelled the directions hearing that was scheduled to take place the next day. The matter will be set down for mediation when Moore files a statement of claim, due on 4 September, and Mediacom files its defence, due on 2 October.

Moore’s case is one of two general protections claims facing WPP at the moment. Former Team Red managing director Carmel Williamson is also fighting the holding group in court, alleging she was dismissed and needed psychological treatment due to a “boys club” culture and a lack of support. Williamson’s case is set down for a further directions hearing on 16 October, and mediation is expected to be completed by 13 September.

Team Red is a bespoke agency set up within WPP to handle the Vodafone account.

Last week, WPP reported that its revenue fell by 15.3% to $22.6m, and it wrote down the value of its agency brands by $270m.


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