'Wrongfully terminated': Former NRL star Dugan considers suing Sharks over Covid sacking

‘Wrongfully terminated’: Former NRL star Dugan considers suing Sharks over Covid sacking

Former NRL star Josh Dugan will consider legal action against the Sharks for wrongful dismissal if he is successful in court later this year.

Dugan was sacked by Cronulla last year after being accused of allegedly breaching the New South Wales Public Health Regulations during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The former Blues and Kangaroos winger was stopped from driving through Lithgow in the Blues Mountains while the Sydneysiders were restricted from traveling within five kilometers of their homes.

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Solicitor Paul McGirr argued at Lithgow Crown Court on August 31 that the case against his client was flawed because he was unaware of the Covid protocols at the time.

The case is still being heard by the court and the decision is due on December 2.

Dugan’s Sharks contract was then wrongfully terminated on September 10, according to McGirr, with more than $100,000 still outstanding on his contract.

“He was terminated for this breach, so you would think that if he was terminated unlawfully, he would have to take a civil action,” McGirr told The Daily Telegraph.

“And not just for the losses in that particular matter, but his name and reputation were tarnished. Josh Dugan has always maintained his innocence in this regard.

Josh Dugan pleaded not guilty in court to alleged Covid-19 breach. Image: Jeremy PiperSource: News Corp Australia

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“It would be like saying you’re fired for stealing something when it turns out you didn’t take anything.

“The law had changed just a few days before (the incident) and he understood he was doing the right thing and was fired based on that.

“He is certainly considering his legal options in terms of taking action against his employer at the time.”

The Sharks settled with former player Todd Carney in 2017 after he filed an unfair dismissal claim against the club.

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