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FIRED: Paul Murphy was accused of fraudulently using his staff discount to purchase a Playstation Vita in 2012

FIRED: Paul Murphy was accused of fraudulently using his staff discount to purchase a Playstation Vita in 2012

FIRED: Paul Murphy was accused of fraudulently using his staff discount to purchase a Playstation Vita in 2012

A FORMER HMV security guard, fired for what he called completely untrue allegations that he defrauded the company, has been awarded €65,000 for unfair dismissal.

Paul Murphy (28), from Navan Road, in Dublin, had taken a case against the company to the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) in December last year.

The tribunal had heard how he was dismissed for alleged "gross misconduct" when it was claimed he fraudulently used a staff discount to purchase a PlayStation Vita.

DENIED

Mr Murphy strenuously denied the allegation in evidence during the hearing.

His version of events was not contested by HMV, which was in receivership at the time.

In a written ruling the tribunal accepted his evidence and ruled that he was not fairly dismissed, awarding him the sum.

The computer science graduate, worked for the retailer from 2008 until he was dismissed in April 2012.

The tribunal had heard he held a number of jobs in those years, including as a cashier.

The tribunal heard that HMV employees were entitled to a 30pc discount on any shop item, except for new hardware, and were able to purchase returned items using the discount.

Giving evidence, Mr Murphy explained that a customer had returned a PlayStation Vita to the Blanchardstown store.

The security guard sought and received authorisation from his supervisor and bought the unit using the discount.

But following a stock take, it emerged that a new unit had gone missing from the store. Mr Murphy was called to a meeting and accused of using the discount to buy that unit.

He was suspended and later dismissed, despite writing to a HMV regional manager protesting his innocence and a statement from a supervisor supporting his version of events.

STEAL

It was later discovered that work experience students had put the console out with old boxes and later returned to steal it, he told the tribunal.

The company didn't appear to argue that his dismissal was fair.

HNEWS@HERALD.IE


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