Discriminatory Dismissal – Award of 6 Months Salary for Pregnancy Dismissal

In the case of A Community Development Officer v A Family Resource Centre the Complainant (employee) alleged that she as dismissed on the grounds of gender due to pregnancy. The Complainant commenced employed as a part-time Community Development / Family Support worker on 1st November 2016. At the commencement of [...]

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Discrimination on the Grounds of Race – Compensation

The recent case of A Night Porter v A Hotel  dealt with a claim of discrimination on the grounds of race, in relation to training and conditions of employment. The complainant (employee) also contended that he was harassed and victimised and subject to discriminatory dismissal for opposing discrimination. The complainant [...]

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Discrimination On the Grounds of Gender – Objective Justification

In this case the claimant alleged he was discriminated against by Westwood Fitness Club by being refused access to a "female only" section of the gym. The gym's position was that the claimant was refused because some female gym members were of muslim faith and their religion prohibited them from [...]

By |2019-10-18T14:31:05+00:00October 7th, 2019|Discrimination, Equal status Act 2000, latest news, Workplace Relations Commission|Comments Off on Discrimination On the Grounds of Gender – Objective Justification

Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions Bill) 2017 – Prohibition of Discrimination in Respect of Disadvantaged Socio-Economic Status

It has been reported that the Joint Committee on Justice and Equality will carry out detailed Scrutiny of Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017 today. A copy of a link to the Bill can be found here. Chairman of the Committee Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said: "The aim of this Bill is [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:24:31+00:00January 24th, 2018|Discrimination, Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017, Equal status Act 2000, latest news|Comments Off on Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions Bill) 2017 – Prohibition of Discrimination in Respect of Disadvantaged Socio-Economic Status

Education (Admissions to Schools ) Bill 2016

The Education (Admissions to Schools ) Bill 2016 was published on 8th July and is designed to make provision that a school (recognised in accordance with section 10 of the Education Act 1998) must prepare and publish an admission policy which must include a statement that the school shall not [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:24:57+00:00July 11th, 2016|Discrimination, Education, Education (Admission to Schools) Bill 2016, latest news, Litigation|Comments Off on Education (Admissions to Schools ) Bill 2016

Employment Equality (Amendment) Bill 2015 Published

The Government has this week published the Employment Equality (Amendment) Bill 2015 a copy of which can be accessed here. The purpose of the Bill is to provide equality for employees of education, medical and other services under the direction of religious organisations. Section 37 of the Employment Equality Act [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:25:28+00:00June 11th, 2015|Discrimination, Employment Equality (Amendment) Bill 2015, latest news, Litigation|Comments Off on Employment Equality (Amendment) Bill 2015 Published

Stokes v Christian Brothers High School – No Appeal to Supreme Court Under Section 28 of the Equal Status Act 2000

The Supreme Court recently handed down their judgement on 24th February 2015 in the case of Mary Stokes (on Behalf of John Stokes a Minor) and the Christian Brothers High School in Clonmel (Appeal Number 184/2012). The Equality Authority were Amicus Curiae in the proceedings. Background Justice Hardiman noted that [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:25:57+00:00March 9th, 2015|Appeal, Circuit Court, Discrimination, Equal status Act 2000, Equality Tribunal, High Court|Comments Off on Stokes v Christian Brothers High School – No Appeal to Supreme Court Under Section 28 of the Equal Status Act 2000

Equality Tribunal Publish Decisions for May 2014 Including Award for Discriminatory Dismissal on Grounds of Age (Compulsory Retirement)

The Equality Tribunal today published their decisions for May 2014 including awards totalling €93,000 for employment equality decisions upheld or part upheld. In addition a member of the travelling community was awarded €1,000 under the Equal Status Acts for discriminatory treatment in respect of refusal of service. A full copy [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:25:58+00:00June 16th, 2014|Age Discrimination, Discrimination, Employment Equality Decisions May 2014, Equality Tribunal, Grievance, Health and Safety, latest news, Litigation, retirement age|Comments Off on Equality Tribunal Publish Decisions for May 2014 Including Award for Discriminatory Dismissal on Grounds of Age (Compulsory Retirement)

Unfair Dismissal and Discriminatory Dismissal – Is it possible to claim both under Section 101 of the Equality Act 1998 (as amended)

The recent case of Astrid McCarey v High Lennon and Associates UD909/2012 deals with the the jurisdictional issue under Section 101(2) of the Employment Equality Acts 1998 (as amended). Background The claimant in this case lodged a claim for unfair dismissal under Section 8 of the Unfair Dismissal Act 1977 [...]

Discrimination and Victimisation – Equality Tribunal Awards €80,000

In the recently published Equality Tribunal decision A Prison Officer v The Prison Service, the complainant was awarded €80,000 for the effects of discrimination and victimisation under the Employment Equality Acts 1998 (as amended).The complainant alleged that he was discriminated against when the respondent failed to place him on a [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:20:32+00:00September 17th, 2013|Age Discrimination, Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, Equality, Equality Authority, Equality Tribunal, Equality Tribunal Decisions August 2013, latest news, Victimisation|Comments Off on Discrimination and Victimisation – Equality Tribunal Awards €80,000

Constructive Dismissal on Grounds of Disability & Reasonable Accommodation – Award of 18 month’s salary

The recently published case of Fergal Reilly v United Parcels Service CSTC Ireland Limited Dec-E2013-077 concerned a claim of discrimination on the ground of disability contrary to Section 6(2)(g) of the Employment Equality Acts 1998 (as amended) in terms of access to employment, failure to provide reasonable accommodation and discriminatory [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:20:32+00:00August 22nd, 2013|Constructive Dismissal, Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, Equality Tribunal Decisions July 2013, latest news, Personal Injury, Resignation, Sick Leave, Sick Pay and Illness|Comments Off on Constructive Dismissal on Grounds of Disability & Reasonable Accommodation – Award of 18 month’s salary

Discrimination on Grounds of Disability – Maximum Award of €70,000 by Equality Tribunal

In the recently published decision of A Medical Secretary -V- HSE West [DEC-E2013-083] by the Equality Tribunal, an employee was awarded €70,000 for the effects of discriminatory treatment which was just short of the maximum two years salary of €71,656.. Background The complainant was employed as a medical secretary by [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:20:33+00:00August 20th, 2013|Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, Equality Tribunal, Equality Tribunal Decisions July 2013|Comments Off on Discrimination on Grounds of Disability – Maximum Award of €70,000 by Equality Tribunal

High Court upholds Equality Tribunal decision that Garda Reserve not employee

The High Court was recently asked to consider an appeal and cross appeal brought pursuant to Section 79(5) of the Employment Equality Act 1998 (as amended) ("the Equality Acts") in the case of Ravinder Singh Oberoi v The Commissioner of An Garda Siochana [2013] IEHC 267. Background Section 79(5) of [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:20:34+00:00July 22nd, 2013|Discrimination, Employee v Self Employed, Equality, Equality Tribunal, High Court, latest news, Litigation|Comments Off on High Court upholds Equality Tribunal decision that Garda Reserve not employee

Retirement Age, Fixed Term Contracts and Discrimination -One Year’s Salary awarded

In the recent equality tribunal decision of Michael McPhillips v ISS Facility Services (DEC-2013-042) the complainant argued that he was subjected to discriminatory dismissal by the respondent on the grounds of age contrary to Section 6 of the Act of the Employment Equality Acts ("the Acts"). He also made a [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:20:10+00:00June 19th, 2013|Age Discrimination, Discrimination, Equality, Equality Authority, Equality Tribunal, Equality Tribunal decisions May 2013, Fixed Term Workers, latest news, Litigation, retirement age, Victimisation|Comments Off on Retirement Age, Fixed Term Contracts and Discrimination -One Year’s Salary awarded

Equality Tribunal orders Bank of Ireland to pay €30,000 for discrimination

In the recent decision of Grainne Campbell v Bank of Ireland Private Banking DEC 2013-046, the claimant was awarded €30,000 for discrimination. A full copy of the decision is accessible here. 1. Background and Summary of Complainants Case The complainant contended that she was subjected to discriminatory treatment by the [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:20:10+00:00June 18th, 2013|Discrimination, Equality, Equality Authority, Equality Tribunal, Equality Tribunal decisions May 2013, latest news, Litigation, Maternity, Pregnancy at Work, Sick Leave|Comments Off on Equality Tribunal orders Bank of Ireland to pay €30,000 for discrimination