Ruth Kelleher v Havenhill Trading Limited The Coachman Public House [2023]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Decision Number
  • Legal Body
    Workplace Relations Commission (WRC)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Dismissal, Health and Safety
Issues covered: unfair dismissal; minimum notice; health and safety; Covid-19; lay-off; continuous service


The Complainant had been employed as a barperson for the Respondent, a pub operator, for 17 years prior (broken only by a period of “lay off” during the COVID-19 pandemic) to her alleged termination. This period of “lay-off” was alleged by the Respondent to be a break in the Complainant’s employment, thus making her consecutive period of service prior to the incidents in question less than one year and barring her from protection under the Unfair Dismissals Act 1977.

On 17 March 2022, the Complainant was having a drink in the Respondent’s premises while not working and was involved in an altercation with a patron of the pub and was ultimately hit with a glass in the face. The

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This article is correct at 07/09/2023

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