Employment Law – Equal Status and Discrimination

In this case, the Complainant submitted that he has been subjected to discrimination on the grounds of gender, civil status and family status contrary to the Equal Status Acts in relation to the Respondent or School’s decision to proceed with the enrolment of his daughter in school despite the fact [...]

By |2020-02-19T15:53:29+00:00January 6th, 2020|latest news|Comments Off on Employment Law – Equal Status and Discrimination

Equal Status Act 2000 – Notification Requirements

The following case is very important for those seeking to make a complaint under the Equal Status Act 2000 concerning discrimination in the provision of services. The case makes it clear that the person making the complaint must notify the other party of their intention to make a complaint within [...]

By |2020-02-19T15:54:40+00:00October 14th, 2019|latest news|Comments Off on Equal Status Act 2000 – Notification Requirements

Pensions – Top 5 “Should Ask” Questions for Employers

An article in the Irish Times today highlights the worrying lack of knowledge around pensions in Ireland. It got us thinking about workplace relations and how little many employees and employers know. Many employees know very little around their rights and entitlements when it comes to pensions. Many sign up [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:23:23+00:00September 23rd, 2019|latest news|Comments Off on Pensions – Top 5 “Should Ask” Questions for Employers

Discrimination and Reasonable Accommodation

In this case the employee claimed that her employer had failed to accommodate or help her in respect of her disability. The Workplace Relations Commission observed that her employer showed a lot of goodwill towards her but they had made some mistakes in how they managed their illness. The employee [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:23:24+00:00September 17th, 2019|latest news|Comments Off on Discrimination and Reasonable Accommodation

Discrimination on the Grounds of Gender

In this case it was found that a prison officer had been discriminated against on the grounds of gender and an award of €20,000 was made along with other recommendations https://www.workplacerelations.ie/en/cases/2019/july/adj-0000728.html

By |2019-10-18T10:23:46+00:00August 20th, 2019|latest news|Comments Off on Discrimination on the Grounds of Gender

Compulsory Retirement Age – Discriminatory Dismissal Claims On the Rise

The Workplace Relations Commission have recently published a series of decisions in respect of the hot topic of "forced" retirement of employees at the age of 66. In the case of A Book Keeper v A Retail Business ADJ 00005391 it was reported that he complainant had been employed as a [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:24:33+00:00August 22nd, 2017|Age Discrimination, Equality, latest news, Litigation, Onjective Justification, Workplace Relations Act 2015, Workplace Relations Commission|Comments Off on Compulsory Retirement Age – Discriminatory Dismissal Claims On the Rise

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

Fixed Term Workers, Discrimination, Objective Grounds and Appeal to High Court

The recent High Court case of An Post v Finbarr and Deirdre Wade [2013] IEHC 404 concerned an appeal from a Labour Court decision determining that the respondent's right to equal treatment had been contravened by the exclusion of fixed term workers from a voluntary early retirement scheme. Background The [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:21:03+00:00October 23rd, 2013|Appeal, Fixed Term Workers, High Court, Labour Court, Labour Relations Commision, latest news, Litigation, Redundancy|Comments Off on Fixed Term Workers, Discrimination, Objective Grounds and Appeal to High Court

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

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

Award of €45,000 for Victimisation and dismissal before Equality Tribunal

In a recent Equality Decision Tribunal case DEC E2012-160 (A Complainant v A Third Level Institution) the Complainant contended that she was discriminated against by the Respondent on the grounds of gender, family status and disability contrary to sections 6(2)(a), 6(2)(c) and 6(2)(g) of the Employment Equality Acts 1998 to 2008 ("the [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:19:24+00:00March 29th, 2013|Disability Discrimination, Equality, Equality Tribunal, Equality Tribunal Decisions December 2012, Victimisation|Comments Off on Award of €45,000 for Victimisation and dismissal before Equality Tribunal

Employment Equality (Amendment) Bill 2013 – proposed changes include extension of general definition of discrimination

The Employment Equality Bill 2013 was published by the Oireachtas on Monday this week. The Bill proposes to amend the existing Employment Equality Acts 1998 to 2011 and thereby extend the general definition of discrimination to include discrimination on the grounds of gender identity, as well as to extend general [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:19:02+00:00February 27th, 2013|Discrimination, Employment Equality (Amendment) Bill 2013, Equality, Equality Authority, latest news|Comments Off on Employment Equality (Amendment) Bill 2013 – proposed changes include extension of general definition of discrimination