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Thursday 16 August 2018

Everyone sent porn, sacked banker claims

PORNOGRAPHY was 'endemic' in a Bank of Ireland branch, according to a former assistant manager who alleges unfair dismissal.

James Reilly, from Blanchardstown, claims he was wrongly sacked from his job as assistant manager of the Bank of Ireland branch at Main Street, Blanchardstown, in 2009 after a bank probe found he had forwarded explicit emails.

Mr Reilly told an Employment Appeals Tribunal that dozens of other workers at the bank received and forwarded the same emails as him.

But none of them was disciplined and some were even promoted, he said.

He hadn't had an opportunity to read the bank's internet code of conduct, Mr Reilly told the tribunal, and hadn't actually opened some of the emails he had sent on to colleagues.

Mr Reilly had told the tribunal that he felt he'd been unfairly treated.

He said a pornographic calendar from 2002 brought back from a bank Christmas party in Amsterdam was displayed in the toilet of the branch for six or seven years.

Mr Reilly started working for the Bank of Ireland in 2001 and said that shortly after he was given email access, he was in receipt of inappropriate emails.

Complaint

These were sent by all ranks of employees.

He also said that there was no complaint made against him over the emails, but that it came to light through investigation of someone else.

Mr Reilly earlier told the inquiry that he recently got a letter from the bank "threatening" to repossess his house since he lost his job.

"I found it very coincidental I got a letter last Monday morning when I've continued paying every single month," he said earlier this week.

The bank has said it has no trust in Mr Reilly and his reinstatement to the bank would be inappropriate.

The tribunal is now considering its decision.

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