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Wednesday 16 April 2014

€40,000 for young mum over unfair sacking from bar

A YOUNG mother has been awarded €40,000 after being unfairly dismissed from her job at John Reynolds' POD Entertainment Ltd.

A court heard things started to go downhill for Gabriella Varga (22) when she announced in 2009 that she was pregnant.

She was awarded €8,000 in the Employment Appeals Tribunal and was appealing the size of the award.

Barrister Darach MacNamara told the Circuit Civil Court that Ms Varga had an immaculate employment history, working at the bar for the Harcourt Street-based entertainment company.

He told Judge Matthew Deery that Ms Varga, of Lucan, Co Dublin, had been told she would be better off giving up her job because "the physical labour involved would not be suitable for a pregnant woman".

He said she had eventually been accused of misconduct, including taking money from the till, and dismissed. She had a full defence to the allegations and records had been available, which if checked would have exonerated her.

Liquidation

Mr MacNamara said that since the determination of unfair dismissal against POD, the firm had last April gone into receivership and in October had gone into voluntary liquidation.

Ms Varga told Judge Deery she had her baby in May 2009 and had begun seeking new employment in December of that year.

Mr MacNamara said the court had jurisdiction to award Ms Varga 104 weeks' net pay to a maximum of €44,000. In her case her net loss of pay amounted to €51,000.

Judge Deery, awarding her €40,000 compensation against the liquidator, said she had made every effort to obtain alternative employment and had now been accepted for a college training course.

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