An Employee v An Employer [2011]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
  • Legal Body
    Equality Tribunal (EQT)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Dismissal, Redundancy, Discrimination, Pay
Issues covered: Gender; Disability; Conditions of Employment; Dismissal; Victimisation; Pregnancy related illness; Hospital Appointments; Redundancy

This is a lengthy decision that has to be read to be believed. It involved blatant discrimination against a pregnant employee and a Director who, the Equality Officer believed, told the respondent's employees that their holiday bonus was being withdrawn because someone had made a complaint to the Equality Authority.

The EO found that an employee did raise an objection to the complainant taking sick leave due to morning sickness; the complainant was, perhaps deliberately, left to do the work of two people; and was denied bonus because she was pregnant. She was awarded €40k for discrimination and a further €10k for victimisation. In addition, the Equality Officer ordered this stinging demand:


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This article is correct at 30/08/2011

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