Equality and Discrimination

Forced retirement at age 68 leads to €31,000 award for unfair dismissal at WRC

The employee in this case was 68 years of age when his employment was terminated on the grounds of age. James Spencer claimed there was no compulsory retirement in the workplace, and others had been permitted to work past the age of 68. The employer claimed there was a company retirement age of 66. The …

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Pay discrimination at State body, Teagasc-big win at WRC for female Statistician

A female Statistician with Teagasc, a State agriculture and research body, has had a big win at the Workplace Relations Commission in her claim about being paid less than a male colleague. The amount of the payout to the employee, Ms Reid, could be in the region of €140,000 if figures submitted by Ms Reid …

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Shop customer who refused to wear a mask loses two discrimination claims at WRC

Anthony Lyttle complained to the WRC that he was discriminated against by Buy Wise Discount Stores Costcutter, North Strand. He had been refused entry to the shop on account of his refusal to wear a face mask in January 2021. Lyttle claimed when speaking to the manager of the shop that he had an exemption …

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A belief or opinion of discrimination is not enough-employee fails to establish facts

The Labour Court heard this appeal from the Workplace Relations Commission where the employee had been awarded €2,000 for discrimination. The burden of proof set out in the Employment Equality Act 1998 sets the standard of proof for an employee claiming they have been discriminated against.  Section 85A is the relevant provision:  “85A. — (1) …

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The Irish Naval Service Did Not Discriminate by Setting an Age Limit of 27 Years

This case involved a 47 year old man who applied to the Irish Naval Service for a role as a Radio and Radar Technician. The Irish Naval Service had set an age limit of 27 years for this position and did not accept his application. The applicant brought a claim to the WRC (Workplace Relations …

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