A Transition Year Student v A Secondary School [2019]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Decision Number
  • Legal Body
    Workplace Relations Commission (WRC)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Discrimination and Equality
Issues covered: Equal Status Acts; Direct Discrimination on grounds of disability; Failure to provide Reasonable Accommodation

The Complainant, who has a severe nut allergy, enrolled for a Transition Year trip to France. Shortly after her payment was accepted, the Complainant’s parents were informed by the Board of Management that an additional requirement had to be fulfilled so that the Complainant be allowed to travel. The additional requirement was that a family member of the Complainant should be organised to travel with the Complainant. The Complainant’s parents indicated they were unable to meet this requirement. As a result, the school disbarred her from travelling on the school trip.

The Complainant submitted that the school has at no stage sought to make reasonable accommodation towards her and her illness

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This article is correct at 27/11/2019

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