Five women have taken a legal action against the Donegal Women’s Domestic Violence Service for non-payment of wages.
The case surrounds the non-payment of increments to the women stretching back over the past five years.
The case was mentioned at the latest sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court.
The women, who include Catherine Patton, Margaret Bonner, Kathleen Sheridan, Ann McGettigan and Mary O’Donnell, still work at the Letterkenny-based centre.
Representing the women, barrister Charlotte Simpson said the women’s claims was less than €13,000 in total and referred to the heavy legal costs which the DWDVS had paid in defending the action.
Barrister for the DWDVS said there was a danger that the service could go into liquidation as a result of the action.
However, this was dismissed as “scare-mongering” by barrister for the women Ms Simpson.
The DWDVS receives its funding from TUSLA – the Child and Family Agency.
Having heard submissions on the case, Judge Francis Comerford adjourned matters to clarify exactly how much in increments the women are owed.