The Legal Definition of “Being a Dick”

Everyone calm down, the Fair Work Commission has now given us the legal definition of “being a dick”, we can all now rest easy with this knowledge.

This arose because a certain Ms Nesbitt called her boss “an absolute dick” via text message and then sent the message to her boss by mistake. Whoops.

Commissioner Cloghan in the case before him: Louise Nesbitt v Dragon Mountain Gold Limited held that to be an absolute dick is:

“To call a person a “dick” is a derogatory term to describe them as an idiot or fool. The word “complete” is used to convey the message that the person is, without exception, an idiot or fool – they are nothing less than a “dick”.

— Louise Nesbitt v Dragon Mountain Gold Limited [2015] FWC 779 [48]

There you have it. The moral of this story if you call someone a complete dick then you have no wriggle room AND that you should always, always check that you aren’t insulting your boss to her face when you don’t intend to.

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