Press Releases

The Equality Authority will tomorrow launch its scheme of Equality Reviews and Action Plans in Kerry at a meeting with employers and trade unions. “Equality reviews support workplace change and compliance with equality legislation. The reviews explore policy, practice, procedures and perceptions in the workplace for their contribution to equality outcomes. They provide the raw…

The Equality Authority welcomes the highly significant recommendation made by the Labour Court which held that the school was directly liable for the sexual harassment of two teachers by pupils. The Labour Court also found in favour of the Equality Authority in holding that the failure of the school to exercise adequate control exposed all…

The Equality Authority welcomes the ODEI decision in the Dr. Bennett Kim Heng Eng vs St. James Hospital which established pay discrimination on the race ground. “The successful case taken by Dr. Eng against St. James Hospital is a timely and important affirmation of the rights of third country nationals in Ireland”, said Niall Crowley,…

‘Quotas’, ‘Regulars only’ and ‘Ban on accompanied children’ outlawed Three important new cases from the ODEI have clarified that publicans who operate ‘quota’ systems, ‘regulars only’ policies and ban accompanied children from their premises are contrary to the Equal Status Act 2000. The Equality Authority which represented the claimants in two of the cases, and…

The Equality Authority welcomed the decision today of the ODEI in favour of Ann McDonagh in her case against Tesco Ireland Ltd. “The case is the first such case to be heard under the Equal Status Act. It is testament to the widespread discrimination experienced by the Traveller community and their ability to challenge this…

Two cases, one represented by the Equality Authority have been upheld in decisions made by the ODEI today. A Traveller who was discriminated against in accessing employment in a hotel has successfully won her case and an award of £5,000 in compensation. A disabled man has been awarded £8,000 for discrimination under the Employment Equality…

Today marks the beginning of the Anti-Racist Workplace Week, a joint initiative between the Equality Authority, Congress, the Irish Business and Employers’ Confederation and the Construction Industry Federation. “Preventing racism in the workplace is of growing importance”, said Turlough O’Sullivan, Director General of the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC). “With the emergence of anti-racism…

The Equality Authority has expressed concern on the outcome of a case taken under the Equal Status Act by a Traveller against the Garda Síochána. The case involved the investigation and prosecution of an incident involving four wandering horses on a public road. The claimant, a member of the Traveller community, was prosecuted because he…

The Equality Authority marked the first anniversary of the Equal Status Act by releasing data on its operation over this first year. The Equal Status Act addresses discrimination in the provision of goods, services, facilities, accommodation and education and the operation of registered clubs. It covers the nine grounds of gender, marital status, family status,…