Zulfaqar Ali took an unsanctioned three week holiday to go on pilgrimage.
A Muslim man was sacked by his Co Mayo employer after taking an unsanctioned three week holiday to go to Mecca for the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
Zulfaqar Ali took an unfair dismissal action against Martin Jennings Wholesale Ltd, where he had worked for 10 years, after his sacking in October 2012.
A Rights Commissioner upheld Mr Ali’s claim for unfair dismissal.
However, the Ballinrobe-based firm appealed the ruling to the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT), which has overturned the Rights Commissioner’s ruling.
The EAT found that Mr Ali leaving his work in October 2012 without permission to go to the Hajj was tantamount to gross misconduct.