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Massage Therapist Awarded Maximum Compensation for “Egregious” Penalisation Following Protected Disclosure to her Employer

posted 7 months ago

In A Worker v A Massage Therapy Business ADJ00043225 the Complainant lodged a number of complaints with the Workplace Relations Commission (“WRC”), including a penalisation complaint pursuant to the Protected Disclosures Act 2014. The Respondent did not attend the hearing. Due to the sensitivity of the subject matter of the case and the need to protect the identity of the Complainant, the Adjudicator, Michael MacNamee, ordered that the hearing would be conducted in private, and that the identity of the parties would be anonymised in the decision.

Facts: The Complainant was employed by the Respondent as a massage therapist from February 2020 until her dismissal in May 2022. The massage therapy business was managed by a couple, an Irish man and a non-Irish woman.

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