Hair stylist wins €20,000 in unfair dismissal case
A HAIR stylist has won more than €20,000 compensation against her former employer for unfair dismissal.
Cecilia Cahill said that in the freezing winter of 2010 pipes froze in the salon where she worked and she and her boss, Veronica Kennedy, had to boil kettles from five-gallon drums of water to keep the business going.
But a court heard that in January 2010, Ms Kennedy had told Ms Cahill there were no clients and she had no money to pay her. She was given her P45 and dismissed. Ms Cahill (48), of Melrose Grove, Bawnog, Clondalkin, Dublin, said she was forced to sign on.
The Circuit Court heard that Ms Cahill had been awarded €20,400 by the Employment Appeals Tribunal against Ms Kennedy, owner of Hair Port, Tower Road, Clondalkin Village.
Counsel for Ms Kennedy, said the decision of the tribunal was being appealed to the Circuit Court. The two stylists had worked together for 25 years and Ms Kennedy would tell the court Ms Cahill had resigned. The judge said there was a direct conflict of evidence between the two women. He upheld the tribunal award and granted Ms Cahill her appeal costs.