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Last month
May 2023
SNA who resigned after alleged 'miscarriage' remark had 'little faith' in complaints process
The Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board has maintained it has always handled complaints by staff correctly.
# Complaint
Solicitor Ammi Burke files complaint against judge who heard High Court case
Justice Marguerite Bolger granted an application by the WRC and Burke’s former employer to dismiss the case due to Burke’s conduct in court.
Lawyer: 'The justifications for many redundancies in Ireland are getting thinner and thinner'
Lawyer and Labour rep Ciarán Ahern says justice delayed is justice denied at the Workplace Relations Commission.
Healthcare assistant 'asked to follow and watch' rival union members, WRC told
A report by
Eoghan Dalton
The former staff member has taken a constructive dismissal case against charity Cheshire Foundation Ireland.
This year
Sacking of TCD worker from €120k job after sexual assault case ‘not unfair’, says WRC
While the WRC adjudicator said there were flaws in the process that TCD utilised, he was ‘satisfied these flaws did not result in any actual unfairness to the complainant’.
# agsi
Industrial action by mid-ranking gardaí 'absolutely' possible in dispute over new roster
Sergeants and inspectors demonstrated outside Garda Headquarters today to show their frustration at proposed new working arrangements.
# Nuremore Hotel
Staff at Co Monaghan hotel vote to refer outstanding issues with employer to WRC
Last December, staff at the hotel staged a sit-in protest due to wages allegedly not being paid on time.
# compensation
Fuel station operator ordered to pay taxi driver €7.5k over alleged use of n-word by employee
The case was brought before the Workplace Relations Commission.
Last year
# Josepha Madigan
'Extremely disappointing': Minister criticises school for separating girl with Down Syndrome from class
The Minister of State for Special Education said that every school can access the resources necessary for inclusion
# compensation
Primary school ordered to pay €12,000 to girl with Down Syndrome kept separate from classmates
The Workplace Relations Commission heard the girl had to spend most of her school day in a foyer outside the classroom.
# Gardaí
Workplace watchdog orders GRA to appoint twice failed female candidate for senior role to position
Tara McManus has been a member of An Garda Síochána since February 2000.
Supermarket chain Iceland to pay €12,000 to Travellers over discrimination claim at Irish store
The group were told to leave the supermarket shortly after entering.
# Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh
Blathnaid Ní Chofaigh withdraws sexual harassment claims against RTÉ
Ní Chofaigh said she was sexually harassed, victimised and isolated in RTÉ.
# pay talks
Public sector unions to ballot members on proposed 6.5% pay increase
The talks at the Work Place Relations ended late last night.
The pay increases are to be phased in over two years.
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions has said that individual unions will ballot their members on the proposed deal.
ICTU's Kevin Callinan said the negotiations with government were "particularly difficult".
# pay talks
Public sector pay talks resume as 1% improvement in govt offer floated
Previous talks in June ended without an agreement between ICTU and the Government.
Tipperary Chamber of Commerce ordered to pay €20k for unfair dismissal of chief executive
The WRC said the decision to dismiss Shanahan was “not within the range of reasonable responses of a reasonable employer”.
Principal allegedly told SNA who suffered miscarriage it was 'for the best'
The case relates to a secondary school in Waterford.
# mr price
Mr Price ordered to pay €20,000 for discriminating against worker sacked on maternity
Elena Balan told the WRC that she had been “frozen” in shock after learning that she had been fired.
Workplace Relations Commission recovered nearly €1 million in unpaid wages last year
The commission has published its annual report.
Sexual harassment case by Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh against RTÉ postponed until September
The Nationwide presenter is alleging she was sexually harassed, victimised and isolated at the national broadcaster.
# Dispute
Man aged over 70 fails in age discrimination case over contact tracer role rejection
Rom Hyde claimed that CPL Healthcare Ltd discriminated against him.
# compensation
School ordered to pay €3,300 to 60-year-old teacher over 'energy' question during job interview
The teacher lost out in the job competition to an applicant who was 30 years younger.
# facemasks
Customer fails in facemask discrimination case against €1 million lotto shop
When asked by the shop owner whether or not he would wear a mask in the shop, Paul Kinsella refused.
WRC awards ex-Lidl employee €17,500 for dismissal over discounted baked goods
On two occasions, the man purchased stale products from the shop’s bakery at a discounted price.
# rising inflation
Public service pay talks are now officially underway
The talks will be facilitated by the Workplace Relations Commission from next week.
Lidl pays over €2.4k after dismissing store assistant for turning off power to freezer
The ex-employee was awarded €2,492, which is equal to six weeks’ salary.
# discrimination claim
Gym cleared of discrimination against Special Olympian
It was found the complainant ‘failed to establish a prima facie case of discrimination’.
# Court
Circuit court overturns WRC ruling that gave father €3k in school gender discrimination dispute
The judge ruled that the school’s actions could not be determined to be gender discrimination.
# smell the coffee
Nespresso Arnott's franchise operator told to pay out after failing to give worker Sunday premium
The firm has been ordered to pay a coffee advisor €1,008.
Deaf activist loses discrimination case against RTÉ over All-Ireland final coverage
The man claimed RTÉ discriminated against him and the deaf community by failing to make its programming available to all.
# Discrimination
Hotel ordered to pay €5,000 for discriminating against bride-to-be from Traveller Community
The woman did not receive a response until a complaint was made under the Equal Status Act.
# Workplace
Store assistant harassed in workplace but employer not found liable, WRC rules
The employee was sexually harassed by a manager in the supermarket where she worked.
Couple ordered to pay 18-year-old Spanish au pair €9,100 over sexual harassment
The au pair said that the man’s actions left her “feeling unsafe, fearful, intimidated, degraded, humiliated and her dignity violated”.
Mushroom farm ordered to pay €15,000 to former worker for breaching minimum wage law
Ana Lacramioara Manciu alleged that Stablefield Ltd falsified her working hours to reflect a much shorter working day.
Dublin's Gresham Hotel ordered to pay out €500 to 'humiliated' man over Covid mask incident
The case was brought before the Workplace Relations Commission.
Cork hotel ordered to pay €22,000 to homeless Traveller family in discrimination case
The hotel has been ordered to pay out €38,000 to members of the Travelling community since the start of last month.
Former Fine Gael party secretary to take claim over being forced to retire at 65
The party will face the Workplace Relations Commission on Thursday morning.
Firm to pay €40k to man dismissed for sending 'inappropriate' Family Guy message to colleague
The Workplace Relations Commission found that Regeneron unfairly dismissed Robert Libera for gross misconduct.
All time
Sacristan unfairly dismissed after pandemic affected local Church finances
The Workplace Relations Commission upheld his claim.
# compensation
Sport firm dismisses credit controller after Covid childcare issue in remote working row
The Workplace Relations Commission has recommended that the firm pay her €10,000 in compensation.