Woman awarded €40,000 for Unfair Dismissal

A woman who was unfairly dismissed by POD Entertainment Ltd had been awarded €40,000 in the Circuit Court. The woman had been awarded €8,000 in the Employment Appeals Tribunal but was appealing the amount of the award. The woman had worked as a bar person but when she became pregnant she was initially told that she would not likely be able to work as a bar person while pregnant. She was later dismissed for gross misconduct including stealing money from the till. Following her dismissal she engaged an employment law solicitor in Dublin. The Court agreed with her that she had been unfairly dismissed and that the alleged acts of misconduct had not been properly or fairly investigated. It awarded the woman €40,000 in damages.

Supreme Court Rules in ‘Right to Die’ Case

The Supreme Court has recently ruled in a high profile 'Right to Die' case. The case involved a retired lecturer, Marie Fleming, who is terminally ill due to multiple sclerosis. The Court ruled that while suicide is no longer a criminal offence in Ireland, that did not mean that a Constitutional right to take one's own life existed. It further stated thet Ms Fleming did not have the right to assisted sucide under the pricnipal of equal treatment. Ms Fleming was appealing a High Court decision which refused to grant orders which would alow somone to lawfully help her die at a time of her choosing.

Registered Employment Agreements Unconstitutional

The Supreme Court has ruled that a law which allowed for registered employment agreements which sets rates of pay in certain sectors is unconstitutional. The court found that Part II of the Industrial Relations Act of 1946 unconstitutional because it delegated the power of legislators to the Labour Court. The office of the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in a statement said that it would be seeking legal advice. The statement added: “The judgment has the effect of striking down Registered Employment Agreements put in place under the 1946 Industrial Relations Act. Agreements which set pay and conditions for workers in five sectors including electrical contracting and construction are affected by today’s judgment.