Wim Naude v University College Cork [2024]

  • Decision Number
  • Legal Body
    Workplace Relations Commission (WRC)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
Issues covered: Unfair dismissal – fair procedures – requirement to relocate

Summary Sentence:

In a scathing decision, the Adjudication Officer found the decision of the Respondent to unilaterally and without warning dismiss the Complainant for failing to relocate to Cork was “egregious” and directed the Respondent to pay the Complainant €300,000.


The Complainant is a well-regarded professor of economics who was recruited by the Respondent, University College Cork, to serve as a full professor of economics at its newly-formed school of business and law. The Complainant was hired in January 2021, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and was located in the Netherlands prior to his hiring. The Complainant was able to provide his services remotely from

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This article is correct at 25/04/2024

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