A WOMAN who claimed she was sacked after only six weeks in a new job because she was pregnant, has lost her court action for damages.
Kamila Helmrich, of The Richmond, North Brunswick Street, Dublin, unsuccessfully sued Deli Boutique Limited, which trades as Bijou Deli, for up to €38,000 damages for breach of contract in respect of discriminatory treatment.
Judge Matthew Deery dismissed the 27-year-old's claim. He also rejected her allegations in the Circuit Civil Court that records of her timekeeping and a warning letter had been falsified by her new boss.
Judge Deery told barrister Brian Conroy, counsel for Bijou Deli, that Ms Helmrich had failed to establish a case of discrimination by the company. He said company director Linda Smith had disputed what had been claimed by Ms Helmrich -- who she said had maintained a sustained pattern of late timekeeping of anything from 15 minutes up to an hour and a half.
Ms Smith had told the court she had given Ms Helmrich a number of chances to improve her timekeeping at the company's delicatessen at Highfield Road, Rathgar, Dublin, but to no avail.
She said she could not run a business on that basis and, because she did not want to sack her, had told her to start looking for another job. She said Ms Helmrich's dismissal had nothing to do with her pregnancy. Judge Deery said Ms Helmrich had failed to establish she had been dismissed solely on the basis of her pregnancy.
Mr Conroy, who appeared with Kevin Barry solicitors for the company, was granted legal costs against Ms Helmrich. The judge said she had suffered no loss. She had immediately obtained a new job and was still in employment.