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Mediacom settles Rob Moore case ahead of scheduled mediation, saying ’employee wellbeing is essential’

Group M’s Mediacom has settled its court case with former Melbourne general manager Rob Moore ahead of a mediation scheduled for later this week, Mumbrella can reveal.

The agency and Moore “agreed to resolve the matters in dispute between them on an amicable, confidential basis,” WPP said. “Both parties recognise that employee wellbeing is essential in the workplace and Mediacom remains committed to ensuring a welcoming and supportive environment for all of its people.”

Mediacom and Moore have settled the case

Moore launched the general protections claim against his former employer after he was made redundant in May last year. In an application filed in July, Moore said the redundancy was not genuine, and was instead a form of discrimination in response to his disclosure of a diagnosis of depression.

According to the claim, Mediacom’s new managing director position, filled by former Publicis chief client officer Carl Colman a month after Moore’s exit, was the same as his redundant general manager position except for the remuneration and position title.

He sought reinstatement, compensation, costs, and a fine, but Mediacom maintained that the redundancy – which saw Moore leave the agency less than 12 months after being promoted to the role – was a legitimate part of an agency restructure.

Before his promotion to general manager, Moore spent a year and a half as the agency’s managing partner. He joined Mediacom from Roadshow Films, where he held various roles across six years, including deputy director of marketing AUNZ, and prior to that worked at Publicis’ Starcom for a further six years.

“Mediacom and Mr Moore wish the other well going forward and will not be making any further comment,” WPP added.

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