WELL-KNOWN local radio personality Harry Lee was unfairly dismissed by his former employer Dundalk Media Centre Ltd, according to the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT).
The EAT found that Mr Lee from Oaklawns, Dundalk was unfairly selected for redundancy and thus was unfairly dismissed.
The Tribunal awarded Mr Lee the sum of e6,500 as compensation for his dismissal, having allowed for a payment to him of e3,559.50 in respect of redundancy.
“It’s been a difficult two years for me. I’m delighted that I was vindicated and that I was right to take the case,” said Mr Lee.
“I’m glad now that I did it. I’d like to thank everyone who supported me through the whole two years, especially my legal team.
“I can put this behind me now and move on. I’m now involved in Louth Internet Radio.”
Mr Lee was employed as a part-time radio presenter on the community radio station Dundalk FM. He started as a volunteer but later became a paid employee.
Dundalk Media Centre made a loss of over e30,000 in 2009 and e26,000 in 2010. It was decided that due a reduction in funding that restructuring had to take place and two staff would be made redundant.
Mr Lee was made redundant in March 2010. At the EAT hearing which took place over two days on December 19, 2011 and February 13, 2012 the past Chairman explained that it was regrettable that two staff had to be made redundant.
The Tribunal heard that Mr Lee was invited to remain working as a volunteer. The EAT’s determination stated: “The Tribunal is satisfied that because of an agreed procedural deficit in the respondent’s behaviour which the Tribunal finds to be of sufficient significance that the respondent has failed to discharge the onus placed upon them to satisfy the Tribunal that they have presented a case which requires a response from the claimant.”