O’Keefe v P. Coman Ltd

CourtEmployment Appeal Tribunal (Ireland)
Judgment Date24 August 1999
Judgment citation (vLex)[1999] 8 JIEC 2402
Date24 August 1999

Employment Appeals Tribunal

O'Keefe v P. Coman Ltd


Unfair dismissal

Claimant worked as kitchen porter in respondent's restaurant. Claimant had domestic problems and this resulted in oral warnings for unauthorised absences from work. While other porter was ill respondent sought to make contact with claimant to come in on one of his days off and left messages with family members. On day in question when claimant arrived in the respondent assumed he was coming in to work. Claimant said he was in to “collect his gear” to which respondent replied “right get your gear”. Confusion arose as to whether he left or was dismissed. The Tribunal determined that the claimant was dismissed but that he had contributed to it by 70% and awarded him £700.

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