Sutton Golf Club in north Dublin has been ordered to pay its former barman over €10,000 after replacing him with two students during the Covid-19 pandemic.
At the Workplace Relations Commission, the worker, Sean Soden, secured an award for €8,000 under the Unfair Dismissals Act 1977, along with a further €2,400 in notice pay on foot of long service at the club.
The total orders made by the tribunal were more than double a settlement offer for ten weeks' pay from the club, worth €4,200.
Mr Soden, who represented himself at a hearing in March this year, said he had been laid off in March 2020 "due to Covid". He had worked at the club since 2008 doing variable hours as a casual bartender of between 20 and 50 hours a week, he said.