Tuesday 20 August 2019

€17,500 for boxer after employer posted information about his mental health online

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Simone Smith

A former professional boxer has been awarded damages in the Circuit Civil Court after his past employer posted personal information about his mental health on Facebook.

Stephen Carroll (26), of Emmett Crescent, Inchicore, Dublin, told his barrister Ciarán Murphy that he had informed his then employer Red Corner Promotions in October 2017 that he was unable to perform in a scheduled boxing match due to mental health issues.

Mr Carroll told the court he provided proof as to why he was unable to box, but did not expect this personal information to be posted online.

He was devastated when he saw the post and felt people would see his mental issues as a form of weakness.

Mr Carroll sued On The Ropes Limited, trading as Red Corner Promotions, Ace Enterprise Centre, Bawnogue Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22. He claimed the company had stated on Facebook: "It is reported that Stephen cannot perform his duties due to mental illness. He has refused to substantiate his claims and honour the terms of the contract."

He said he has been unable to return to professional boxing since and believed people looked at him with sympathy now.

Mr Murphy told the court the statements used in the post were defamatory and a breach of his client's data protection rights.

Mr Justice Raymond Groarke heard liability had been conceded and awarded Mr Carroll damages of €17,500 and costs.

Irish Independent

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