An Employee v An Employer [2011]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
  • Legal Body
    Equality Tribunal (EQT)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
Issues covered: Employment Equality Acts 1998- 2008; Sections 6, 8, 14A & 74; Gender; Maternity; Discriminatory treatment; Harassment; Victimisation; Prima facie case; Rebuttal; Cultural differences

The complainant was a manager in an English language school an complained of discrimination on grounds of gender, marital status and family status.

She complained that she was criticised after taking maternity leave and that she did not receive the same pay as an equivalent male manager (Mr Z). The respondent argued there were reasons for Mr Z's higher salary but did not provide evidence. Many of the complaints revolved around Skype conference calls from Japan, where the owner of the school is based.

The EO preferred the evidence of the complainant and found that criticisms of the complainant were related more to maternity leave than the performance of the school. The award was €30k

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This article is correct at 01/12/2011

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