The Fair Employment Tribunal in Ireland has held that an employer did not constructively dismiss an employee when it referred grave threats to his safety to the police, rather than deal with them itself under its harassment policy, in one of XpertHR’s latest tribunal reports.
Mr Breen, who is Catholic, worked at Bombardier in Belfast. He alleged that a colleague had produced an AK-47 rifle and asked him to purchase the weapon, and said that he began to receive calls on his mobile and home phones accusing him of being involved in republican paramilitary activity and money laundering.
He then found in his locker at work an envelope containing a live bullet and a sympathy card with a threat, and the company referred the matter to the police on the basis of the seriousness of the incident and because the company believed that it had neither the skills nor the authority to investigate the incident on a wider scale.
After the incident, Mr Breen started to receive death threats and allegations of links to a paramilitary organisation on his mobile phone. The threats contained the statement that he could be “got” at work. Mr Breen experienced further intimidation outside work.