Successful Claim for Unfair Dismissal Arising from Conduct "Outside" of the Workplace

Posted in : Equality Law Decisions on 15 January 2024
Leah Traynor
DWF (Ireland) LLP
Issues covered: Unfair Dismissal, Conduct Outside the Workplace

Paul Dudgeon v An Post ADJ-00038989

This is a very noteworthy case dealing with a complaint made under Section 8 of the Unfair Dismissals Act 1977.  It serves as a good reminder of the approach employers should take when dealing with disciplinary actions of the conduct of an employee outside of the workplace.

Brief Summary of Facts

The Complainant was employed as an auxiliary postal sorter. The Complainant had a dispute with his former partner in January 2020. Arising from same, his former partner made a complaint of theft and assault to the Gardai.  A criminal case commenced before the District Court, on 7 October 2020.  On 16 December 2020, the Complainant was convicted in

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Leah Traynor
DWF (Ireland) LLP

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