Constructive Dismissal of a Pregnant Employee

Posted in : Equality Law Decisions on 14 January 2020
Alison Martin
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Under Irish law, pregnant employees, employees on maternity leave and employees who have recently given birth are afforded significant protection from dismissal and discriminatory treatment in the workplace, recognising the vulnerable position the may be in during this time.

Recent case

A recent case before the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), A Care Worker v Care Services ADJ-00019285, reminds us of the strong legal protections in relation to pregnancy. 

The employee in question worked as a care worker on a full time basis. According to the employee, she was in discussions with her employer about obtaining a 27 hour week contract in a community worker role, and was told that she

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