McAteer v South Tipperary County Council (2014)Posted In: Case Law
Case Reference Determination No. EDA153
Legal BodyLabour Court
Type of Claim / JurisdictionDisciplinary and Grievance Issues, Discrimination and Equality
In McAteer v South Tipperary County Council (2014), the employee was an Evangelical Christian. He often spoke about his faith with his co-workers and complaints were raised. He was asked to desist from sharing his faith during the course of the working day, including during his break. The employee undertook to desist but failed to do so and was ultimately called to a disciplinary meeting and received a written warning. After further faith sharing incidents with members of the public, he respectively received a final written warning, suspension and dismissal.
The Equality Officer (“EO”) found that the manifestation of religious beliefs is covered by the Employment Equality Acts. The EO also
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