Tuesday 16 January 2018

Banker fired for sending 'lewd mails'

Luke Byrne

A SENIOR staff member was dismissed from Bank of Ireland for circulating "offensive" and "pornographic" images from a company email address, including one entitled 'Adult Funnies'.

James Reilly began a case against the bank at the Employment Appeals Tribunal yesterday, claiming it did not follow proper procedure in his dismissal.

Three members of BoI in Blanchardstown, Dublin, were dismissed and two received lesser sanctions after a 2009 investigation, the tribunal was told.

The investigation followed a complaint from an outside company that lewd emails were received by its staff members from a BoI email address.

Tom Mallon, for the bank, said emails were sent from Mr Reilly's internal address to staff in a well-known multinational, a semi-state organisation and to other private email addresses.

Describing the content of emails sent by Mr Reilly as utterly offensive and vulgar, Mr Mallon said one was entitled 'Tsunami' while another was called 'Adult Funnies'.

The tribunal heard Mr Reilly will admit he sent the emails and that the content was offensive.

But his legal team claimed he had not opened the attachments on some emails before forwarding them on. It was claimed a decision had been made to dismiss Mr Reilly before disciplinary meetings had taken place.

It was also claimed that Mr Reilly was not allowed access to the emails during the disciplinary meetings and that he was not given leave to resign.

The bank "absolutely rejected" claims by Mr Reilly's side that offensive material was "embedded" in the workplace for the past 10 years and that staff suffered minor sanctions.

The case was adjourned to go to full hearing at the end of June.

When asked, Mr Reilly had no comment to make.

Irish Independent

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