Olukoya v Veolia [2013]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Legal Body
    Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
Issues covered: Gross Misconduct; Bringing a Company into Disrepute


The Employment Appeals Tribunal decision this month in the case of an employee dismissed for spitting back at an abusive member of the public in a “moment of madness” provides some useful reminders when carrying out a disciplinary process.




The employee, Aisha Olukoya, was a ticket inspector for Veolia when she was confronted by a man begging outside Tallaght Luas station. The man was racially abusive and spat at Ms Olukoya. Ms Olukoya had an “exemplary” work record for six years. Veolia Ireland Limited dismissed her as she spat back at the man. Veolia claimed that Ms Olukoya’s conduct brought the company into disrepute and amounted to gross misconduct. Veolia

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This article is correct at 23/04/2013

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