Equality and Discrimination

Small primary school wins reasonable accommodation case brought by teacher

Employers are obliged to provide reasonable accommodation for employees with a disability. This can create difficulties for small employers. A recent case at the Workplace Relations Commission involving a small primary school is a good example of the difficulties that can arise. Background to WRC claim The teacher had been out on sick leave and …

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Inappropriate questions at job interviews lead to payouts for discrimination

If you are an employer, you cannot be too careful about the questions you ask at the interview stage of the recruitment process. Two recent decisions from the WRC (Workplace Relations Commission) give us a blunt reminder on this point. Where are you from? One employer was ordered to pay €1,500 to an unsuccessful candidate …

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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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