Australia may be even crazier than the U.S. A teacher fired for an affair with a teen-age student won $28,000 (Australian) for the “psychological damages” he suffered when he was dismissed.
Arbitrator Bruce McManamey said he was not satisfied Mr. Sinclair had “engaged in serious and wilful misconduct” at the time he was alleged to have formed a relationship with a 15-year-old student.
Jeff Sinclair was head of English, a married father of three and 33 years Nicki Shackle’s senior when the affair began two years ago at a Sydney high school.
Sinclair claims they didn’t have sex before the girl turned 16. The couple now lives together.