A café has been ordered to pay €3,200 compensation to a waiter for unfairly dismissing him over eating a croissant while at work.
The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) found that the manner of the dismissal was entirely contrary to the principle of fairness and natural justice.
The Kosovo-born waiter was sacked after his boss saw him eating the croissant behind the counter in full view of cafe customers on January 8, 2019.
The two sides gave conflicting versions of the sequence of events around the croissant incident.
The waiter stated that after he tried to explain that he needed to eat something before taking medication, the Head Manager told him: "you know what, you are finished, you can just go home".
Employed by the café since September 2017, the waiter said that he had paid for the croissant and that he was really embarrassed in how he was addressed by the Head Manager and dismissed in front of his work colleagues and customers who all know him.
According to the café, the waiter did not get permission from the Floor Manager to eat the croissant and eating the croissant in full view of customers was a breach of the staff food policy.