McAteer v South Tipperary County Council (2014)

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
    [2015] Determination No. EDA153
  • Legal Body
    Labour Court (LC)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Discipline and Grievance, Discrimination and Equality
Issues covered: Proselytising in the Workplace; Religion; Disciplinary

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

Already a subscriber?

Click here to login and access the full article.

Don't miss out, register today!

Are you fully aware of the benefits of Legal-Island's Irish Employment Law Hub? We help thousands of people like you understand how the latest changes in Irish employment law impact your business through a mix of case law analysis and in-depth articles. All delivered right to your inbox.

We help you to understand the ramifications of each important case from Ireland and Europe.

We help you ensure that your organisation's policies and procedures are fully compliant with Irish law.

You will receive regular updates on Irish employment law including case law reviews, legislative changes, topical updates as well as answers to your burning questions through our Q&A feature.

You will have 24/7 access to the Employment Law Hub so you can research case law and HR issues when you need to.

Already a subscriber, now or Register

This article is correct at 25/11/2015

The information in this article is provided as part of Legal-Island's Employment Law Hub. We regret we are not able to respond to requests for specific legal or HR queries and recommend that professional advice is obtained before relying on information supplied anywhere within this article.

Anna Broderick

The main content of this article was provided by Anna Broderick . Contact telephone number is +353 1 664 4200 or email

View all articles by Anna Broderick