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

  • Legal Body
    Workplace Relations Commission (WRC)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Dismissal
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.

Background:

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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