Former mayor 'bullied by female boss', tribunal told

By Fiona Ellis

A FORMER mayor was off sick from his job as a library caretaker for almost two years due to stress after he was "systematically" bullied by his female boss over a long period of time, a tribunal has heard.

Damian Molyneaux took a case for unfair dismissal to an Employment Appeals Tribunal against Kildare County Council after he was fired for being absent from work for almost two years on sick leave.

Mr Molyneaux went on sick leave suffering from work-related stress in August 2009.

He was fired in June 2011 after he failed to return to work.

The 46-year old father-of-one had worked in Newbridge Library since 1998. Before that he was a part-time firefighter for 10 years. He is also former mayor of Newbridge and currently a member of Newbridge Town Council.

Mr Molyneaux told the tribunal he was too afraid to go back to his job because he was "in fear" of his alleged bully.

He told how on one occasion, after he met the woman in a hallway after she had been smoking in a toilet, she followed him into the men's toilets, pointed her finger in his face and threatened him to keep quiet saying: "I'll do you. I'll get rid of you."

However, director of HR Eamonn O'Sullivan said Mr Molyneaux's allegations of bullying were unspecified and not elaborated on enough to investigate. He said he considered the issues a "grievance".

Read more at the Irish Independent.

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