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# Workplace Relations Commission

21st September 2023
Discount retail boss accused of 'trying to pull the wool over the eyes' of tribunal
A former lawyer has taken a case alleging she was paid €20,000 less than a male employee who was reporting to her.
Last week
10th September 2023 - 16th September 2023
Settlement reached in employment dispute between IABA and Bernard Dunne
Counsel for the former WBA champion, informed the WRC that both sides had “achieved a consensus”.
This month
September 2023
Lidl Ireland ordered to pay worker €4k for unfair dismissal over drinking Yakult without paying
The case was heard before the Workplace Relations Commission.
Last month
August 2023
Convicted dog pound operator succeeds in having €18,000 payout to 'whistleblower' warden overturned
The processes implemented by the Ashton Dog Pound were deemed to be wholly unrelated to the ex-employee’s protected disclosure.
Businessman Peter Casey was 'almost violent' during sacking at his recruitment firm, court told
An unfair dismissal case has been taken by a former executive against Casey’s firm Claddagh Resources.
Investigations unit in Dept of Agriculture 'decimated' by 'interference', whistleblowers claim
One ex-inspector alleged several investigations were “shelved” following his transfer from the division.
This year
WRC hears claim landlord told woman she could not stay in flat after hearing she was pregnant
The woman claimed she was discriminated against on grounds of family status and gender under the Equal Status Act.
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.
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’.
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.
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
Underpaid and overworked: The serious allegations by migrant fishers to the WRC
Analysis of cases heard by Workplace Relations Commission paint grim picture.
Fishers took cases against vessel owners, with some awarded thousands in compensation
Findings include 72-hour working weeks, forging of mandatory employment records and unfair dismissal
'We had to eat leftover meat and fish': Modern slavery in the Irish fishing industry
A report by
Maria Delaney and Geela Garcia
Migrant fishers who left vessels due to exploitative treatment ‘ignored’ in recent cross-departmental review.
Inspection reports reveal potential trafficking and deficiencies relating to hours of work and rest
Researcher: "The problems in Ireland can be traced to very specific policies and laws here"
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Are migrant fishers exploited in Ireland?
Navy boardings find 10 fishing vessels almost fully crewed by migrant fishers
Irish justice system 'failing' migrant fishing workers who report exploitation
A report by
Maria Delaney and Geela Garcia
Our investigation finds 35 referrals of human trafficking in sector – but no prosecutions.
US report states Ireland has systemic deficiencies in victim identification, referral and assistance
Alleged trafficking victim: "It hurt. I felt the punch land. I told him if he did that again I’d report him."
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.
Cafe owner ordered to pay €2,500 to teenage waitress in sexual harassment case
The WRC found that the cafe owner had discriminated against the young woman under the Employment Equality Act.
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".
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Public service pay talks are now officially underway
The talks will be facilitated by the Workplace Relations Commission from next week.
Medical scientists to suspend strike action next week and will return to WRC for talks
The three days of strike action planned for next week have all been suspended, say the MLSA.
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.
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
Organic farm ordered to pay €8,000 in compensation after telling HIV-positive man to leave farm
The man alleged that after being told that he could no longer work at the organic farm, two requests to have a shower were refused.
Sacristan unfairly dismissed after pandemic affected local Church finances
The Workplace Relations Commission upheld his claim.
Talks to resume next month on transfer of local authority staff to Irish Water
Discussions took place during the summer and they are set to resume again in mid-October.
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.
DCU told to pay €27,500 for victimising former employee who made sexual harassment complaint
Rene O’Reilly told the hearing that her “reputation was ruined because of the dismissal and she was out of work for a year and lost her home”.
Creche which featured in Prime Time exposé appeals order to pay €12,800 to whistleblower
The owners claim they never received a protected disclosure.
Firm ordered to pay €10,000 to worker made redundant during first Covid-19 lockdown
The case was recently heard at the Workplace Relations Commission.