A Worker v An Employer [2024]

  • Decision Number
  • Legal Body
    Workplace Relations Commission (WRC)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Policies and Procedures
Issues covered: Industrial Relations – Promotion – Qualifications – Promotion Criteria

Summary Sentence:

The Adjudication Officer expressed the view that when a job description requires a qualification “or equivalent”, the term “or equivalent” is a nebulous concept that does not provide for transparency or consistency and should be explained with examples of what is considered equivalent.


TheWorker commenced employment with the Employer in May 2008 and applied for a promotion in July 2021. At the time, the Worker did not hold a qualification required by the job specification for the promotion, and as a result, the Employer did not consider the Worker for this role. It later transpired that another employee also did not have that qualification and was considered.

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This article is correct at 25/04/2024

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