Man sacked from day job for being a DJ

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From the awful news of a DJ who shot a nightclub patron over a song request to the awesome tale of a one-armed South African DJ who pulled a 60-hour gig, there’s been no shortage of unexpected decks-related stories over the years. Today, we’ve got another for the WTF pile: a man has been fired from his day job after his employers found out he’s a DJ.

Yep, for Sydney’s Sleiman Khalil, the occasional spot of mixing on the weekend was enough to get him fired from his job at Railcorp. According to journalism tome The Daily Telegraph, Khalil was dismissed from his job as a train driver in February when Railcorp discovered he DJs on the side.

Turns out, it’s against Railcorp’s code of conduct for staff to hold a second job without declaring it. As Khalil failed to tell his employers that he gets paid for the occasional DJ set, he was given the boot. However, he’s today been reinstated after an appeals board declared his sacking “excessive and entirely unwarranted”. You don’t say!

Khalil explained that he DJs mainly as a hobby, and – here’s the real scandal – only advertises his services and holds an ABN so he can get discounts on music equipment. We don’t know what alias Sleiman Khalil DJs under, but we’d sure like to.

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Weinertron

Weinertron said on the 28th Aug, 2012

Was actually driving a train on behalf of Paris Hilton

sounds_echoed

sounds_echoed said on the 28th Aug, 2012

doing the occasional (and i stress, occasional) DJ gig in your local city and getting paid peanuts doesn't really count as a job. good decision to give the poor man his job back. there's already a shortage of people working for rail companies.

Bracko

Bracko said on the 28th Aug, 2012

hmm... RailCorp do make this policy very public and did give staff and contractors ample time to declare any other form of income. So... is it really unfair?

Roachy

Roachy said on the 29th Aug, 2012

I am a dj (who plays out regularly), I also work for Railcorp. Simply because I filled out a "declaration of secondary employment" form, (applies for voluntary or paid work) I still have my job. They make the rules clear from the beginning so in this instance old mate Sleiman should consider himself lucky..

Heist9000

Heist9000 said on the 29th Aug, 2012

I hate people that use the term 'old mate'

Mickstah

Mickstah said on the 29th Aug, 2012


We should form a secret society over this mutual hate.

__Milko__

__Milko__ said on the 29th Aug, 2012

Heistah the Old mate haters. Join now?

SANDSHREW

SANDSHREW said on the 29th Aug, 2012

DONG TAN INVENTED MUSELI BARS

Mindfull-1

Mindfull-1 said on the 30th Aug, 2012

Dj Trainwrex (RAILCORP)

timmyj

timmyj said on the 30th Aug, 2012

If the tax man doesn't care about it, why should railcorp?

CircusMidget

CircusMidget said on the 30th Aug, 2012

Old mate is work place term that refers to drug dealer. "have you caught up with old mate yet?"

cybergenic

cybergenic said on the 30th Aug, 2012

does selling a little bit of rack on the weekends qualify as a 2nd job?

cybergenic

cybergenic said on the 30th Aug, 2012

It's actually a conspiracey developed by Railcorp in the late 70's. By monitoring their employees 2nd jobs (which are normally part-time DJ gigs) they can keep close tabs on the latest fashions in dance music and culture. Railcorp is actually the core of Sydneys underground nightlife scene.

jabbajaws

jabbajaws said on the 31st Aug, 2012

Isn't everyone these days now a Dj?

bussyboy

bussyboy said on the 1st Sep, 2012

If he has an ABN - it's because he runs a business - it's an Australian Business Number for a reason...

Kiron

Kiron said on the 1st Sep, 2012

*insert Suburban Train joke here*

grapsta

grapsta said on the 1st Sep, 2012

" If the tax man doesn't care about it, why should railcorp? "
it's not about the money ..it's about the sleep/ rest time between shifts

plan-b

plan-b said on the 2nd Sep, 2012

Hard-hitting journalism right here!

EeeeeeeJ

EeeeeeeJ said on the 2nd Sep, 2012

[quote="Grapsta"]it's not about the money ..it's about the sleep/ rest time between shifts
With ICAC's investigations into Railcorp a few years ago, making sure that employees don't have second jobs that give them a conflict of interest will also be important.

DjDennis

DjDennis said on the 2nd Sep, 2012

well the taxman will want to know because he could be avoiding tax

so its his own fault for not declaring it
all agencies now can do cross checks if they want

so are you legal ?

Lol_

Lol_ said on the 6th Sep, 2012

If he earns less than $6000 a year from DJing then it is only considered as a hobby business anyway and doesn't count as a second job according to the tax office.