Terry Gorry

Inappropriate questions at job interviews lead to payouts for discrimination

If you are an employer, you cannot be too careful about the questions you ask at the interview stage of the recruitment process. Two recent decisions from the WRC (Workplace Relations Commission) give us a blunt reminder on this point. Where are you from? One employer was ordered to pay €1,500 to an unsuccessful candidate …

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Was employee laid off or dismissed? Wins €10,000 at Labour Court

Laid off? Dismissed? An employee has won €10,000 in the Labour Court for unfair dismissal against a jeweller business where the employer claimed the employee was not dismissed but laid off. The employee’s case at the Workplace Relations Commission at first instance had failed. He appealed that decision to the Labour Court. The employee in …

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Forced retirement at age 68 leads to €31,000 award for unfair dismissal at WRC

The employee in this case was 68 years of age when his employment was terminated on the grounds of age. James Spencer claimed there was no compulsory retirement in the workplace, and others had been permitted to work past the age of 68. The employer claimed there was a company retirement age of 66. The …

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Calculating financial loss in unfair dismissal-the redundancy lump sum and PUP payments should be ignored

This WRC case between Kieran Murray and Sherry Garden Rooms Limited is an interesting one. There are two significant decisions made by the adjudicator in arriving at the calculation of the employee’s financial loss. One has to do with the statutory redundancy lump sum received by the employee on termination of employment; the other is …

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