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Dec 16

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Jennie Hussey

€20,000 awarded in constructive dismissal case

A recent case before the Employment Appeals Tribunal was one where an employee handed in his resignation due to the uncomfortable and unprofessional environment he felt he was working in because of another member of staff, who happened to be one of the directors’ wives.

After a number of incidents, the employee reported his grievances to the other director who responded with “..its “”’s wife, there’s nothing I can do..” After more incidents involving the director’s wife, where she became verbally abusive towards the employee, he made a formal complaint using the company’s own policies regarding harassment. An external mediator was appointed who in turn said the employee should try his best to get on with the other member of staff and given some time should resolve itself. The employee did this and for a short period things became manageable.

However the husband of the other employee - the director, started to cause problems for the employee by ignoring his emails and becoming aggressive towards him. At this stage the employee felt he had no option but to hand in is notice as it was no longer a comfortable working environment.

The Tribunal adduced that the companies refusal to take the employee’s concerns seriously or to investigate the matters properly and as per their own policies left the employee in a situation where he felt he could no longer work productively, therefore finding his termination of employment, though at his own hand to be unfair. The employee was award €20,000 compensation under the Unfair Dismissals Acts 1977 to 2007.

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