Equality law



Former midwifery student settles disability discrimination case against QUB

A former midwifery student at Queen's University Belfast has settled a disability discrimination case against the university for £20,000.

Published 4 December 2020

Geraldine McGahey: Disability Discrimination Act still needed 25 years on

Geraldine McGahey, chief commission of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, notes the continued importance of the landmark Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

Published 3 December 2020

Home Office's 'hostile environment' broke equality law

The Home Office's widely-condemned "hostile environment" measures breached equality law with particular impact on black members of the Windrush generation, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has said.

Published 25 November 2020

HAP recipient wins compensation for letting agency discrimination

A man who was discriminated against by a letting agency for being a recipient of the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) has won compensation through the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).

Published 20 November 2020

Call for discrimination on basis of criminal conviction to be banned

Discrimination on the ground of criminal conviction should be banned in equality legislation, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has said.

Published 9 November 2020

Trans woman settles sex discrimination case against Debenhams for £9,000

A transgender woman supported by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland has settled a sex discrimination case against retailer Debenhams for £9,000 with no admission of liability.

Published 16 January 2020

Misgendering trans people not protected as part of a philosophical belief, tribunal rules

The belief that sex is "biologically immutable" and transgender people should be treated and referred to as the sex they were assigned at birth is not a protected philosophical belief under the Equality Act 2010, a tribunal has ruled.

Published 20 December 2019

Anne McKernan: Does taking a discrimination case really change anything?

Anne McKernan, head of legal services at the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, considers whether a discrimination case before the courts can really lead to change.

Published 19 November 2019

Woman awarded nearly £28,000 in compensation for unlawful dismissal connected to pregnancy

A woman who was unlawfully dismissed because of her pregnancy has been awarded nearly £28,000 in compensation.

Published 25 September 2019

Arts Council settles age discrimination case brought by chief executive for £12,000

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has settled an age discrimination case brought by its chief executive Roisin McDonough for £12,000, without admission of liability.

Published 8 May 2019

Bank ordered to pay €4,000 compensation after refusing account to Syrian refugee

A bank has been ordered by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) to pay €4,000 in compensation to a Syrian refugee who was denied a bank account.

Published 10 April 2019

Trans woman asked to leave Dublin bar wins out-of-court settlement

A transgender woman who was asked to leave a Dublin bar last year has won an out-of-court settlement and a public apology.

Published 19 March 2019

Human rights commission intervenes in reasonable accommodations in the workplace case

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) has appeared before the Supreme Court to exercise its amicus curiae function in a significant case on the rights of persons with disabilities to have reasonable accommodations made in the workplace.

Published 15 March 2019

Boy of mixed race who was asked to leave Co Down store paid £3,000

A boy of mixed race who was asked to leave a store in County Down has been paid £3,000 in settlement of his case alleging racial discrimination.

Published 28 February 2019

England: Housing association's policy of only admitting Orthodox Jewish tenants vindicated

A housing association which provides accommodation exclusively for Orthodox families has defeated an application for judicial review by a mother and her young son over its allocation policy.

Published 6 February 2019