‘Do you want to die?’ boss asked worker she attacked in row of Easter chocolates


A former caregiver was pulled by a manager by the hair and asked her if she wanted to die in a row allegedly from Easter chocolate.

In a new decision, an arbitrator from the Labor Relations Commission awarded him € 1,500 for unfair dismissal.

The worker said she suffered panic attacks after the incident and then quit.

Arbitration officer Kevin Baneham said the incident was a serious and unprovoked physical assault.

He said the accommodation manager walked into a room and was “apparently furious” that the chocolate to be handed out over Easter weekend had already been handed out.

Mr Baneham said it was “a question of fact” that the accommodation manager entered the room and approached her when she was seated.

The manager pulled her by the hair and pulled her head back. She then said, “Do you want me to kill you?” and “Do you want to die?” he said.

This took place in front of a colleague and resident.

The woman, who earned € 12 an hour, worked at the shelter from 2017 until she left in August 2019 after resigning.

At a hearing last year, she said the physical assault took place on April 20, 2019.

She said the accommodation manager was known for her aggressive verbal behavior.

After reporting the incident, an investigation was opened but she claimed she was deficient as she revealed there had been no assault. She said her colleague said she saw her hair being pulled.

She said the incident had a psychological effect on her and her children as she was often upset at home.

The worker said she suffered two panic attacks where she could no longer stand and was out of breath.

According to the worker, the manager continued to work but went on sick leave due to stress. She appealed the findings of the investigation and filed a complaint at a Garda station. The call admitted that the assault had taken place.

She said the call manager recommended that she move to another nursing home, but that she was not happy with it.

The worker said she avoided contact with the accommodation manager but sometimes they met at work and it made her panic.

She resigned on July 29 and began working as a full-time health care supervisor.

Her colleague told the hearing that she was talking to a resident and the complainant when the accommodation manager approached to ask them what they had done with the chocolate.

She said she pulled her coworker’s hair back. She said she didn’t complain about herself to avoid making an enemy of her.

The executive director said the accommodation manager had received an initial written warning and was very sorry for her behavior. She said she took a communication course.

Mr Baneham said the investigation was lacking and the employer’s actions did not address the manager’s guilt. He said the worker was entitled to consider herself to have been made redundant, but that she suffered no financial loss.

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