Mehegan v Collins T/A Eileen & Jean Foodstore

JurisdictionIreland
CourtEmployment Appeal Tribunal (Ireland)
Judgment Date09 March 1999
Judgment citation (vLex)[1999] 3 JIEC 0901
Date09 March 1999

Employment Appeals Tribunal

Mehegan v Collins T/A Eileen & Jean Foodstore

Abstract:

Dismissal - Bad working athmostphere in small shop - Claimant's reluctance in accepting respondent's authority

Claimant worked as shop assistant. She had previously worked with the respondents in another store where they were all employees. The changed role of the claimant working for the two respondents had caused a personality clash between the claimant and Ms Collins. A bad athmostphere developed between the two and the claimant failed to understand or accept that Ms Collins was her boss. The respondent reduced the claimant's working hours by half without prior consultation. This resulted in a heated exchange in which the claimant was dismissed. The Tribunal determined that had the employee resigned at that stage a case for constructive dismissal could have been made. Instead the claimant behaved in an unacceptable way with...

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