Geraldine O’Donnell v St. Munchin’s Community Care Company Limited By Guarantee [2024]

  • Legal Body
    Workplace Relations Commission (WRC)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
Issues covered: Unfair Dismissal – Theft – Proportionality

Summary Sentence:

The Complainant’s dismissal by the Respondent for misappropriating a pair of socks which the Complainant believed would be thrown away was disproportionate and constituted an unfair dismissal.


The Complainant had been in the employment of the Respondent or its predecessor for a period of 27 years with an unblemished record. In November 2022, the Complainant came across a pair of knitted socks on top of a pile of boxes which were to be disposed of. The Complainant said in evidence that she believed these socks were to be thrown away with the boxes, and as a result took the socks and placed them in her handbag for her own purposes. This action was captured on

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This article is correct at 02/05/2024

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