What happens if I'm found to have discriminated during recruitment?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 5 September 2017
Ciaran Ahern
A&L Goodbody
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Always be careful when recruiting externally, but be extra-careful when recruiting internally (with existing employees) as the penalties for discrimination are quite different.

If you are found to have discriminated against an external candidate, the maximum award is capped at €13,000. However, if you are found to have discriminated against an internal candidate i.e. a current employee regardless of their length of service the maximum award is up to 2 years' remuneration and it's uncapped if the discrimination relates to gender (which can include pregnancy related discrimination). 

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Ciaran Ahern
A&L Goodbody

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