Category Archives: Employment

Donegal Specsavers ordered to pay €12k to Muslim worker sacked a day after Manchester terror attack

A Donegal Specsavers has been ordered to pay €12,000 in compensation to a Muslim woman who was sacked the day after the Manchester terror attack last year. At the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), Adjudication Officer, Emer O’Shea has found that Letterkenny Specsavers Ltd discriminated against Amina Ferrah on the grounds of religion when sacking the Optical Assistant on May 23, 2017. In her findings, Ms O’Shea said that she was satisfied on the basis of the evidence presented that Ms Ferrah's dismissal in advance of the standard three-month review constituted less favourable treatment on the grounds of religion and that Ms Ferrah’s non-Muslim colleagues were not the subject to such treatment. The night before Ms Ferrah was sacked, 22-year-old Islamic terrorist, Salman Ramadan Abedi murdered 22 concertgoers in a suicide bombing attack at...
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Mechanic awarded €11.5k after being sacked for failing to turn up to work on time

A mechanic has been awarded €11,500 in compensation after losing his job as a mechanic after 14 years following claims he was dismissed because he could not be depended on to turn up to work on time. The man in question had been employed as a mechanic at a garage from 1 July 2003 to 18 March 2017, with weekly working hours of 24 hours and a weekly pay of €240. In a complaint to the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), the man said that his employer had failed to provide him with a written statement of his terms and conditions of employment in accordance with the provisions of the 1994 Act. He also claimed the employer terminated his employment without notice or pay-in-lieu of notice in accordance with the provisions of the 1973...
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Ryanair made injured air hostess pay for flight home

Judge Francis Comerford in the Circuit Civil Court awarded cabin crew member Laura Albacete, from Manelvidal, Vielha, Spain, €30,000 damages against Ryanair. She was injured when she tumbled down the rear steps of a Boeing aircraft. Samantha Cruess Callaghan, counsel for Ms Albacete, told the court her client had fallen from the top to the bottom of an air-stairs, operated hydraulically from the rear of the plane, on a wet morning at Cork Airport on February 11, 2012. Ms Cruess Callaghan, who appeared with Rose Sweeney of Coleman Legal Partners, said Ms Albacete had struck her head and had been knocked unconscious for a brief period. Ms Albacete, 28, said she had been taken by ambulance to Cork University Hospital where she was examined in the emergency department and found to have suffered...
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Sinéad Desmond starts legal fight with Ireland AM

Sinéad Desmond, the Ireland AM presenter, has issued legal proceedings against TV3-owner Virgin Media in a dispute over pay. It emerged this weekend that Desmond had departed TV3’s breakfast show after 11 years as a presenter there following a row with station bosses over salary differences between her and the show’s co-hosts, Mark Cagney and Alan Hughes. The presenter is understood to have entered pay talks following the gender pay gap rows in the BBC and RTÉ. Desmond’s legal counsel yesterday issued a statement regarding her sudden departure from TV3 and said it was now a legal matter.   Source: The Times...
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Employment Law Bill To Protect Whistleblowers

Employment Law And Benefits Update Government Publishes Bill To Protect Whistleblowers

On 3 July 2013, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD, published the Protected Disclosure Bill 2013 (the "Bill") which he referred to as "Ireland's legal framework for combating corruption". This is the first time that a single overarching piece of legislation will apply to protect whistleblowers in all sectors of the economy. The need for robust whistleblower legislation has never been more apparent than in recent times. Internationally, the Snowden saga has raised questions as to the extent to which workers are protected if they disclose information about actions of their employer where they believe wrongdoing has occurred. Nationally, we have experienced a financial crisis which has exposed significant shortcomings in the transparency and corporate governance of...
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Managing workplace stress

Limerick Chamber, in association with Peninsula Business Services Ireland’s leading employment law consultancy, is holding a Stress Management Briefing on Thursday 22nd August 2013 in The Clarion Hotel, Limerick. The briefing will commence at 12.30pm finishing at 2.30pm. Stress Management is becoming more prevalent in today’s work environment as climate change and added pressure in the workplace is leading to an increased amount of stress leave – so, how does the employer broach this delicate matter and what legal complications surround the subject? Alan Price, managing director of Peninsula Ireland, said “Stress can be defined as the body’s reaction to change and requires a physical, mental or emotional response which can be caused by a number of factors. The effects of stress on an employee can have an...
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