Mr. J Montgomery v Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Ms. K Coffey v Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Posted In: Case Law
  • Decision Number
    DEC-E2016-133 & DEC-E2016-134
  • Legal Body
    Labour Court (LC)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
Issues covered: Age, selection process, preliminary interview results

Both of these cases relate to the same promotion competition held by the Department.  Both the complainants are over 50 and they assert that they were unsuccessful in the preliminary round of interviews because of their age.  Four staff based in their area over 50 were unsuccessful in the preliminary interviews while six of 7 under the age of 45 progressed.

The case is a reminder of how these situations are addressed.  The Adjudicator considered the number (and percentage) of people over 50 who applied for the competition and compared it to the figure (and percentage) who were successful in the preliminary round.  She also included the reminder that it is not a matter

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