Una Ruffley v The Board of Management St Anne's School [2014]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
    IEHC 235
  • Legal Body
    High Court of Ireland (IEHC)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
Issues covered: Bullying and Harassment - A Radical Shift?

The Plaintiff, Ms. Una Ruffley, was employed as a Special Needs Assistant for over 10 years at St. Anne’s School in Co. Kildare. Ms. Ruffley sued the Board of Management for bullying and harassment at work during the period from September 2009 to September 2010. The Plaintiff was supervising a child with ADHD in a sensory room and locked the door. She subsequently was given a final written warning for breach of health and safety code within the school. The warning was to last 18 months on her record. Essentially, the circumstances can be summarised as follows:

1. The Plaintiff contended that it was common practice for the door to the sensory room to be locked if there was a pupil inside

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