A retailer which lost its case in the Employment Appeals Tribunal for the dismissal of an employee who sold alcohol to a 16 year old, has won its appeal in the Circuit Court. As cases work their way through the new Workplace Relations system it will become more difficult to get visibility on cases like this, but this appears to be a sensible decision from the Circuit Court President.
The judge said the eyes of society were on retailers of alcohol who had a very serious obligation to see that the law was applied before a bottle of any sort of spirits crossed the check-out counter. Judge Groarke said he was satisfied Ms Perenc had known perfectly well what the consequences of selling alcohol to a minor would be and was aware she was in serious trouble when approached by the garda. The judge accepted her mistake was a “momentary lapse” but he saw nothing unfair about the investigation procedure.