Appalling moment an apprentice carpenter is hung upside down and slapped at a Christmas party while co-workers laughed – all because he wanted time off to go to class
- Apprentice carpenter hung upside down at his work Christmas Party
- Ilyas Elkharraz, 23, claims he’s suffering flashbacks and having nightmares
- He’s now taking legal action after quitting his job at the Australian business
An apprentice who was slapped and prodded while being hung upside down by his colleagues at a Christmas party is suing the company.
Ilyas Elkharraz, 23, said he was ‘degraded, humiliated and embarrassed’ by the ordeal that was filmed by his tormentors during a sickening campaign of abuse at the business.
Video shows at least one person slapping the helpless young worker as others are heard laughing in the background.
‘I felt like a piece of meat about to get cut,’ Mr Elkharraz told A Current Affair.
‘After a week I started to get flashbacks. I got nightmares from it. It’s like I was a cow, hanging upside down.’
The young worker, who moved to Australia from Morocco, quit his job after the abuse last year and launched a case with Victoria’s WorkCover.
Mr Elkharraz claims he worked at the shop for three years but was still a first-year apprentice carpenter because his boss stopped him from going to TAFE – a core requirement of any Australian apprenticeship.
When he raised the issue, he claimed the business owner threatened he would lose his job if he took time off to study.
Ilyas Elkharraz, 23, said he was ‘degraded, humiliated and embarrassed’ by the ordeal that was filmed by his tormentors during a sickening campaign of abuse
Tony Carbone, from Carbone Lawyers, said his client could have been critically injured during the cruel prank.
‘I’m thinking to myself, “wow, this still goes on”,’ he said.
‘If the thing they tied around his legs were to snap or loosen and he hit his head on the ground, now you’re dealing with brain damage or quadriplegia.’
Video shows his boss slapping the helpless young worker as others are heard laughing in the background
The legal eagle said workplace bullying cases were on the rise Down Under.
‘In every 50 people that ring me, at least 15 are bullying cases,’ he said.
‘When you have been degraded and humiliated to that extent you just don’t know what the long-term effects are.’
WorkSafe Victoria confirmed it was investigating the incident, which carries heavy financial penalties.