An Irish Banker Is Fighting Back Against His Ex-Employer Because They Sacked Him Over "Lewd" Emails

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A man who was sacked by the Bank of Ireland for sending e-mails that contained “offensive” and “pornographic” images, is taking the bank to an employment appeals tribunal, the Irish Independent reports (via Finextra).

James Reilly was a senior banker at Bank of Ireland when he and two others were fired two years ago.

They were probed after the firm received a complaint from another company “that its staff were receiving “lewd” e-mails.”

Reilly admits he sent the emails from his internal Bank of Ireland account, and that they were offensive — one was called ‘Adult Funnies,’ another ‘Tsunami’. But he says that the bank did not follow proper layoff procedures.

A bank spokesman said the emails were sent from Reilly’s work email address “to staff in a well-known multinational, a semi-state organisation and to other private email addresses,” and that they were “utterly offensive and vulgar,” according to the Independent.

But Reilly’s lawyers say he never opened the attachments to some of the emails before he sent them onward, and that the bank had decided to fire him before a disciplinary meetings took place. He also says the bank forbade him from accessing the emails during the disciplinary meetings.

For now Reilly’s case has been adjourned; he’ll get a full hearing in June.

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