Thursday 19 September 2019

Accountant demoted to corridor awarded €25,000

Tracy Lynch. Photo: CourtPix
Tracy Lynch. Photo: CourtPix newsdesk

An Irish Rail accountant was taking home €50,000 a year for little more than half an hour's work a day after being demoted from office management, a court has heard.

Barrister Stephen O'Sullivan told Judge Francis Comerford that Tracy Lynch (48) had gone from being in charge of seven staff to a desk in a corridor with practically nothing to do.

Mr O'Sullivan, who appeared for Ms Lynch, said the mother of three had developed mental health issues as a result of her treatment.

Judge Comerford yesterday awarded Ms Lynch, of River Forest, Leixlip, Co Kildare, €25,000 damages for personal injuries.

Cathy Maguire, counsel for Irish Rail, succeeded in having a €75,000 claim by Ms Lynch for alleged bullying and harassment set aside. Ms Maguire told the Circuit Civil Court the only case that could proceed was a work stress claim.

Ms Maguire said the case arose out of the restructuring of Irish Rail's finance accounts office in 2014. She said the company denied Ms Lynch had been demoted.

Ms Lynch told Mr O'Sullivan that, following her demotion, she developed serious depression. On one occasion she had nearly wet herself when a line manager thumped his desk and told her to get out of his office after an error had been discovered in accounts.

Judge Comerford said there was a clear and obvious demotion that had significantly altered work she had been doing for the previous nine years. The "shoddy" manner in which the demotion was effected had shown a significant lack of concern for her and the effect of it on her.

Irish Independent

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