Una Ruffley v The Board of Management of St. Anne’s SchoolPosted In: Case Law
Type of Claim / JurisdictionDiscipline and Grievance, Health and Safety
This is an important case for schools which were concerned by the original High Court decision for two reasons;
1. It appeared to represent an extension of the conventional definition of bullying by virtue of the High Court’s finding that this employer’s disciplinary process could be described as bullying and;
2. The significant monetary award to the SNA.
B. The High Court Decision of 2014
The High Court made the award in 2014 based on what Mr Justice O’Neill then described as “severe” and “unmerited” treatment in what, he found, to be persistent inappropriate behaviour towards the special needs assistant by school management. MHC advised the Board of Management to
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