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Hotel dismissed owner’s sister after she sought more than minimum wage

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  • A well-known businessman persuaded his sister to leave a high-paying job to work at his luxury Waterford hotel, only for the resort to dismiss her after she asked for a raise to bring her pay above the minimum wage, the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) has heard.
  • Bernadette Walsh, the sister of Waterford-born businessman Seamus Walsh, told the commission that she left a job in the Bahamas paying €100,000 a year to start work at the Waterford Castle Hotel and Golf Resort on a salary of €16,000 per annum.
  • Mr Walsh, who lives in Melbourne, Australia, bought the hotel from the National Asset Management Agency in 2015, for a reported €6 million.
  • In 2016, it was listed in the top 10 best hotels in the world in the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards.
  • Unfair dismissalMs Walsh alleges she was unfairly dismissed in September 2019. She also alleged non-payment of overtime, breaches of the Organisation of Working Time Act and failure to provide a valid contract.

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