A Female Teacher v Board of Management of a Secondary School [2012]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
  • Legal Body
    Equality Tribunal (EQT)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Discrimination, Pay
Issues covered: Discriminatory treatment and harassment; Gender; Conditions of employment; Discriminatory dismissal; Sexual harassment; Victimisation; Victimisatory dismissal; Prima facie case

This is certainly a cautionary tale for employers who might ‘win the battle’ over substantive complaints of discrimination and harassment but ‘lose the war’ over a victimisation complaint. It also shows how difficult, but necessary, it is to apply equality principles in a school environment.

The complainant had a range of complaints against her employer, primarily involving allegations of verbal sexual harassment by five students. In some cases, she initiated the school’s disciplinary procedure and investigations took place. Other students were interviewed as part of these processes and there was not sufficient evidence to verify the complainant’s allegations. The Director of the Tribunal

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This article is correct at 08/11/2012

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