Claddagh Ring Jewelery Company ordered to pay €10,000 in damages for wrongful dismissal of a manager


A jewelery company that makes and sells the world-famous Claddagh rings has been fined €10,000 for unfairly firing a manager.

Former manager of Claddagh Jewelers store in Dublin, Nima Amjaid, claimed he was sacked on September 4, 2020 after becoming “collateral damage” in a disagreement between Andrew and Philip Fried – two brothers involved in the family business .

The Labor Court upheld an appeal by Mr Amjadi against a decision by the Workplace Relations Commission dismissing his wrongful dismissal claim.

Mr Amjadi, who had worked at the Nassau Street shop for over five years, said he was told in June 2020 by one of the brothers to pack up the contents of the shop, which had been closed due to Covid-19 since March 2020.

However, Mr Amjadi said he was contacted the following month by the other brother about the company’s computer system and the removal of stock from the store.

A few days later, he discovered that he had been removed from the Dublin store’s computer system and e-mail system.

Mr Amjadi claimed that on September 4, 2020, when his payment was due, he received an email telling him that a decision had been made to suspend his employment.

Mr Amjadi, who had an annual salary of €33,500, said he no longer had money for food or to travel to see his daughter.

Lawyers for Claddagh Jewelers disputed the claim that Mr Amjadi had been fired, saying he was fired as the shop had been closed since March 2020 due to the global pandemic.

They pointed out that Philip Fried, who took over management of the company from his brother, had paid Mr Amjadi’s wages between June and September 2020, but he was temporarily laid off, which would allow him to claim the pandemic unemployment benefit.

Labor court chief Kevin Foley said the email contained no explanation of a decision to suspend his employment.

“The mail in question certainly did not contain a notification of the kind required by an employer who has fired an employee,” Mr Foley said.

He said it was clear that no communication from the company could reasonably lead Mr Amjadi to believe that the termination of his employment would not be permanent.

The Labor Court also found that Claddagh Jewelers was unable to resolve how Mr Amjadi could be fired on September 4, 2020, having stopped paying his wages a week earlier.

The court ruled in Mr Amjadi’s favour, saying he had been given no notices or assurances that he would be re-employed by the company.

Mr Foley said Claddagh Jewelers undermined the key tenets of the manager’s employment contract without notice or notification and stopped paying his wages.

The labor court concluded that the company intended to fire Mr. Amjadi on September 4, 2020 and the decision a week earlier to stop paying his salary was evidence of such intent.

As the dismissal was not the result of any wrongdoing by Mr Amjadi, Mr Foley said his dismissal was unfair.

Mr Foley awarded the claimant €10,000 in compensation and said he had failed to demonstrate that he had made significant efforts to mitigate his loss

The court heard that before January 2021, Mr Amjadi had only applied for two jobs, although he subsequently received three job offers. Claddagh Ring Jewelery Company ordered to pay €10,000 in damages for wrongful dismissal of a manager

Fry Electronics Team

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