25 January 2008
Catholic hotel managers found to be victims of religious discrimination
Two Catholic hotel managers from Belfast have been awarded compensation after an employment tribunal ruled they had been victims of religious discrimination.
Riccardo Cafolla and Stephen Mooney had both been managers at the city's Days Hotel until they were dismissed in 2005 after they told the company, Andras House, that they wished to begin a grievance procedure because of attacks being carried out on the hotel
During a hearing, Mr Cafolla was awarded £16,110 and Mr Mooney received £11,600 after it was decided that senior management did not wish to begin disciplinary action against a particular worker as they feared this would lead to further attacks.
It stated that the attacks "were sectarian and directed particularly to Catholic employees of the hotel".
According to research recently conducted by YouGov on behalf of Croner, the number of employment tribunals taking place in the UK rose by 15 per cent over the last 12 months.