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Thursday 16 August 2018

Salon to stars pays out €2k for dismissal

An EYE-lash and eye-brow specialist salon to a string of Irish celebrities has been ordered to pay a beautician €2,000 for her unfair dismissal.

Up to My Eyes is a Greystones-based salon that has done high-profile work for celebrities like Pippa O'Connor, Roz Purcell and Holly Carpenter.

Now, following an Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) ruling, Up To My Eyes must pay €2,000 to former employee Alana Miley after she was successful in her unfair dismissal action.

Ms Miley was sacked in 2012 after being accused by Up to My Eyes owner of approaching a client and providing free treatments to her mother, mother-in-law, and a friend in the salon.

Free treatments were not allowed at the salon. However, the un-named owner agreed that she had given a celebrity a free treatment.

The owner told the EAT that a fellow businesswoman informed her someone at her salon was offering treatments at a discount.

On the allegation that Ms Miley had tweeted a high-profile client and had approached another high-profile client concerning treatments, the owner said that Ms Miley "should not have done this".

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Ms Miley was told to take two days' paid leave and was asked to attend a meeting on June 14, 2012.

Under cross examination, the owner said that there was no alternative but to dismiss Ms Miley as there has been a complete breach of trust.

Ms Miley told the owner that she did not offer free treatments and asked why she did not raise this issue sooner.

Ms Miley - who has since opened her own eye-lash/eye-brow bar - presumed that the owner would look into the allegations, but the following day was fired.

Ms Miley confirmed that she did the treatment for her friend free of charge and she did treatments for her mother and mother-in-law for free.

The EAT found that as Ms Miley "was not informed she was at risk of being terminated and was not given the opportunity to respond".

However, the EAT found that Ms Miley contributed to her dismissal "in a substantial way".

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