Dublin private school to pay €5,000 to teacher who allegedly called student ‘a little b***h’
The teacher has denied calling the student the offensive name since the allegation was first made.
A Dublin private school has been ordered to pay €5,000 in compensation to a teacher who allegedly called a male student "a little b***h."
The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) awarded the sum to Pierce Dillon to be paid by the Catholic University School on Dublin's Leeson Street, where Mr. Dillon had taught science from 1992-2017.
The ruling follows a refusal by the school to allow Mr. Dillon to appeal a final written warning issued to him in April 2015 after a male student alleged he had called him "a little b***h" in 2014, the Independent reports.
Mr. Dillon has vehemently denied the claims since they were first made, arguing that he should not have been issued the warning and that the disciplinary proceedings of the school were fundamentally flawed.
The science teacher took a case to the WRC under Section 8 of the Unfair Dismissals Act following the school's refusal to allow him to appeal the final written warning.
WRC adjudicator Jim Dolan said the failure of the school to allow the appeal was a mistake and that he therefore found Mr. Dillon's claim under the act to be well-founded.
However, Mr. Dolan made a zero award for claim of loss of earnings due to the teacher's "poor effort" to mitigate his losses. He was also aware of the fact that the former teacher had been on sick leave for some 32 months after his resignation.
Mr. Dillon was reportedly unfit for work from December 9, 2015, until he resigned on January 31, 2017.
He has been unemployed since resigning from the position.