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Disability Discrimination

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has welcomed the decision by the Workplace Relations Commission in the case of a man who successfully challenged his dismissal from employment because he experienced discrimination on the grounds of his disability.

In this case Mr. Stephen Dunne was dismissed from his work specifically due to his dyspraxia. The Workplace Relations Commission ordered that his employer, Sky Handling Partner Limited. must conduct a review of its procedures in relation to employment policies and practices to ensure compliance with the Employment Equality Acts 1998 (as amended).

Adjudication Officer Valerie Murtagh stated in her final adjudication: “It is quite astonishing, in my opinion that Mr. B (the Health and Safety Officer) compiled a report on the complainant without ever having met him or obtaining expert independent advice on the specifics of the complainant’s condition”

The WRC also ordered that Mr. Dunne be paid €15,000 in compensation, which was the the equivalent of 18 months’ pay.

A full copy of the press release can be accessed here

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