Saturday 20 January 2018

I'm not vile person, says fired banker

Fiona Ellis

A BANK worker fired for circulating emails containing pictures described as "extreme and revolting porn" told a tribunal she was not a "vile" person.

Sarah Murray (25), from Ballybrack, and Sarah Rooney (25), from Glasthule, both in Dublin, were dismissed from their jobs at ICS Building Society, a division of Bank of Ireland, in September 2009 for circulating inappropriate emails.

The pair were part of a group of 10 who were disciplined after management found they had breached company guidelines.

Ms Murray and Ms Rooney and three others were dismissed while another five were disciplined with a final warning and a week's unpaid leave. Yesterday Ms Rooney gave evidence at the Employment Appeals Tribunal in Dublin and said she was "devastated" when she found out her conduct warranted dismissal.

"The emails were described as indecent, obscene and pornographic. Those words don't suit my character. I didn't view them in a vile way. I never thought I did anything wrong because everyone was doing it."

Ms Rooney said a culture of passing around the emails existed in the building society office.

She said there was at least 60 others who forwarded the same and similar emails and that she was unfairly dismissed because she and Ms Murray were the only employees fired.

The case continues.

Irish Independent

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