Manager awarded €10k over dismissal

A sales manager chased his chief executive out of his home telling him he would kill him after the manager had dropped a suspension letter through the man’s letter box.

That is according to the chief executive of an Irish-based online ticketing sales firm who told a Workplace Relations Commission hearing that during the incident last October, the sales manager made a shooting action, putting his fingers to his head. As a result the chief executive went to a Garda station to make a complaint of assault.

Less than two weeks later, the sales manager was sacked from the firm after the directors carried out a Google search of the man’s name and found a 2009 newspaper article which “shocked them and put them in immediate fear”.

The chief executive said they made the decision to dismiss the sales manager immediately. However, the commission determined he was unfairly dismissed and awarded him €10,710.

The commission report doesn’t identify any of the parties. Six days prior to the man being sacked, the sales manager received a second letter concerning his suspension telling him that he was suspended for persistent failure to reach job requirements; acting in a physically threatening manner towards the chief executive; threatening to both destroy the firm and all its directors; acting in an aggressive manner towards the chief executive; and using physical gestures to intimidate him.

On November 6, the firm’s investigator handed the dismissal letter to the sales manager. A right to appeal wasn’t mentioned.

The commission adjudicating officer said no disciplinary meeting was heard; no investigation was carried out; the decisionmakers relied solely on information given by the chief executive; they took into account information obtained themselves from the internet without notifying the complainant.


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