Caroline McAcree v Drumbear Nursing Home Limited [2022]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Decision Number
  • Legal Body
    Workplace Relations Commission (WRC)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Dismissal, Contracts of Employment
Issues covered: Unfair Dismissal; No fault termination

The Complainant was employed as Director of Nursing with the Respondent Nursing Home from March 2009 to the 17th of September 2020 when her employment was terminated without explanation. The Complainant brought a claim to the WRC on the grounds that she was summarily dismissed by her employer without reason or explanation.

The Respondent asserted that the termination of the Complainant’s employment complied with the provisions of her contract of employment and submitted that because of the crisis arising from the Covid pandemic, the Respondent was obliged to act in the best interest of patients and to put the safety of patients first.

The Respondent’s CEO, Phil Darcy, submitted that he had

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This article is correct at 02/11/2022

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