Barbara Geraghty v The Office of the Revenue Commissioners [2021]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Decision Number
  • Legal Body
    Workplace Relations Commission (WRC)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Dismissal, Discrimination
Issues covered: Compulsory Retirement; Age Discrimination; Civil Service Regulation Act 1953

This case concerned the Complainant’s challenge to her compulsory retirement age of 65, pursuant to s.8 of the Civil Service Regulations Act 1956 (“1956 Act”). The Complainant was a former civil servant holding various roles from 1969 to 1980 and 2000 to 2015. She had a good work record and received formal commendation. As her retirement date approached, she informed the Respondent that she wished to work past 65. However, she was told that her retirement age was fixed. The Complainant argued that the compulsory retirement age was discriminatory not least because her colleagues employed after 2004, who carried out similar duties, were not subject to the 1956 Act and did not have to retire

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This article is correct at 29/11/2021

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