Racially abused worker awarded €20K
Tuesday, 12 August 2008 13:36
An English pipe fitter who was racially abused in his Irish workplace has been awarded €20,000 in compensation.
The man, who worked for an engineering company on a Dublin building site, claimed colleagues called him names and frequently ganged-up on him to sing Irish rebel songs.
Some workers never spoke to him and whenever staff had to enter tanks or dangerous spaces they would say 'send the Brit in' to make the way safe.
AdvertisementNegative reports about England in newspapers and the performance of the country's football team in the 2006 World Cup were also read out in his presence.
Two months after starting work the man was made redundant and said he was sacked instead of a less experienced Irish worker because he was British.
When the issue of redundancy arose he said one other worker stated aloud: 'The Brit should be sacked and an Irish man should not be let go.'
Another said to the supervisor: 'No Irish man is going out of the gate while we employ a Brit.'
He described his supervisor as intimidating and claimed he joined in with the abuse, even sniggering and laughing.