Kim Dotcom ordered to pay $26,000 to former staff

Three former employees took the internet mogul to the Employment Relations Authority (Getty)
Three former employees took the internet mogul to the Employment Relations Authority (Getty)

Kim Dotcom has been ordered to reimburse former staff wages totalling $26,000. 

Three former employees went to the Employment Relations Authority (ERA), claiming the internet mogul unfairly dismissed them, after his property was raided in 2012 and he was struggling to pay staff while his assets were frozen. 

The ruling released on Monday upheld allegations from Pan Filo Orduna and John Tactaquin, but Ruth Relleve's claims were dismissed. The three worked for Dotcom from 2010 onwards.  

ERA member James Crichton subsequently awarded Mr Orduna $8850 and $17,526 to Tactaquin. 

However it's significantly less than what they were seeking. Mr Orduna asked for over $61,000 and Mr Tactaquin $360,000. Their demands included compensation. 

Mr Orduna worked as a butler six days a week, but looked for other work in 2013 after becoming worried about money. He was dismissed after Dotcom accused him of revealing confidential information to his business partner, who Orduna approached about work. 

Mr Tactaquin was an assistant to Dotcom's now former wife, Mona, but was let go after he had an argument with the couple. 

Ms Relleve, whose case was dismissed, also worked as a butler and claims to have been "bullied and harassed" out of employment by Mona Dotcom. 

Mr Crichton ruled that Ms Relleve left on her own terms and was not awarded anything. 

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