Equality law



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