Tuesday 21 November 2017

New colleague was taking over my job - claim

A FORMER marketing coordinator for Tower Records who claimed she was constructively dismissed has settled her case at the Employment Appeals Tribunal.

Ruth Chadwick (27) from Glenellen Crescent in Swords, Co Dublin, was employed by the company in October 2007 and promoted to art and marketing coordinator in July of 2008.

In July of the following year, Emma Hewson was hired and introduced to her as the marketing manager, she said in a statement to the Tribunal under the chairmanship of Mark O'Connell.

She said she became concerned "as this individual began asking me for my ideas, press contacts and other information".

"It seems as though this person believed they were taking over many of the responsibilities detailed in my job description."

Ms Chadwick said she had emailed store manager Clive Branagan requesting to have the situation clarified and Mr Branagan had replied that he was unsure of the new individual's role.

Initially she was told that Ms Hewson was hired to help with Facebook and social networking "but our duties begun gradually to overlap and Ms Hewson seemed to have taken on a supervisory/quasi-managerial role".

The former employee added that she had made numerous attempts to seek further clarification but her attempts were "fruitless and I continued to feel uncomfortable in my role".

She met the managing director Ronnie Delany in February 2010 and said she was "made to feel as though I was over-reacting".

Ms Chadwick, who was earning €384.62 a week, said she also been promised a salary review after six months but still had not got one after two years.

She went on stress leave and took advice from Siptu NERA and the Citizens Advice Board.

She then met with the management of Tower and brought Shonagh Byrne from Siptu as her representative. She tendered her resignation on May 11, 2010.

Yesterday's meeting of the Employment Appeals Tribunal was told that the two sides had reached agreement to settle the matter. Chairman Mr O'Connell adjourned the matter for a period of six weeks to allow the settlement to be put in place.


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