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Saturday 19 April 2014

Worker threatened to assault MD, tribunal told

A MAN threatened to assault the managing director of a Joe Duffy Motors dealership after the company asked that he produce medical certificates, an Employment Appeals Tribunal has been told.

Thomas Nolan (42) from Tallaght, Dublin, had worked in the motorbike department of the Joe Duffy dealership in Finglas for over three years.

The tribunal heard that in December 2009, Mr Nolan was suspended pending an internal investigation.

Four days later he was invited to attend a meeting regarding the matter but failed to show up, and furnished the company with medical certificates to confirm that he was suffering from mental health problems and unable to work.

He was later cleared and returned to work five months later. A few days after returning, Mr Nolan texted a colleague to say he was in A&E.

After failing to show for work over a number of days, the company's HR supervisor, Marguerite Ahern, wrote to Mr Nolan requesting medical certificates". Upon receiving the letter, Mr Nolan rang Ms Ahern.

The tribunal heard he made threats of physical violence against group managing director Gavin Hynes, and dealer principal, Mark Bradley.

Mr Nolan claims and said he only made "one threat" to "box the head off" his line manager Andrew Reeves. Ms Ahern said Mr Nolan was sacked for gross misconduct and is claiming he was unfairly dismissed and is seeking compensation from the company. The tribunal reserved its decision until a future date.

Irish Independent

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