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Discrimination in the Workplace – What you need to know

The word “discrimination” is often misused when it comes to employment law. Under Irish employment legislation a person can only be discriminated against if they are treated in a less favourable way than another person based on any of the following 9 grounds: gender,...

No CID Entitlement Despite Breach by Employer

In accordance with its EU obligations, Ireland was required to establish a framework to prevent abuse arising from the use of successive fixed-term employment contracts. In doing so, Irish legislation now sets out that a fixed-term employee cannot be employed on 2 or...

Compensation Awarded to AWOL Employee Unfairly Dismissed

Background The complainant had been employed by the respondent company as a Warehouse Manager for just over 18 years when he was dismissed on allegations of gross misconduct. On October 30th the complainant received a call from his wife, who was trapped in her home...

Long term absence during a probationary period?

A respondent employer was ordered to pay €10,000 to the complainant in compensation for breaches of the Employment Equality Acts. Background The complainant initially commenced employment for the respondent through a recruitment agency between May and October 2012,...

Dismissed without disciplinary procedure?

A graphic designer filed a complaint against her ex-employer under Section 8 of the Unfair Dismissals Act, 1977. Background The complainant had been employed by the respondent company for just less than 9 years, when she was dismissed on grounds of performance quality...

Violation of work procedures in an exceptional circumstance!

An ex-employee of 18 years filed a complaint against the respondent company under Section 8 of the Unfair Dismissals Act, 1977. Background The complainant had been employed by the respondent company as a Warehouse Manager for just over 18 years when he was dismissed...

Dismissal during long term absence from work deemed to be fair

An ex-childcare assistant filed a complaint under the Unfair Dismissals Act when her employment was terminated following a prolonged absence. Background The complainant had been absent on maternity leave. A medical certificate was supplied, informing the respondent...