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What steps should employers take to ensure that they can defend a sexual harassment claim?

In a recent determination published by the Labour Court (EDA175) the necessity for all employers regardless of size to have in place a written policy on harassment in the workplace was once again stressed.

Religious Observance in the Workplace

With an increasingly diverse workforce many employers have difficulty in dealing with requests for time off to observe religious holidays and other workplace issues related to religion and beliefs.

Retirement Ages

Retirement issues continue to be problematic and costly for many employers. This short article deals with some of the typical queries that I get on this issue.

€7k awarded to dismissed pregnant fast food worker

In case (DEC - E2016 - 058) a fast food worker who was dismissed after completing two months of her probationary period was found to have been discriminated against on grounds of gender due to being dismissed after informing her employer she was pregnant. Claims of harassment and sexual harassment were not upheld.

English Language Policies In The Workplace

A recent case where two Polish nationals claimed they had been discriminated against by their employer McDonalds because they were required to use English at all times at work provides some helpful guidance on how employers can legitimately implement a common language policy in their workplaces. (Ref Dec-E2015-072)

Hotel Bar Man awarded €20k for dismissal after disclosing he was gay.

The barman who was working to fund his college studies was dismissed after two weeks service during which he was unaware that there were any problems with his work and concluded that everything had changed very quickly after he told the bar manager that he was gay. (Ref Dec- E2015-141)

Discrimination By Association

In a recently published decision by the Equality Tribunal (Dec- E 2015 - 121), a resource teacher was found to have been harassed on grounds of religion and also was discriminated against on grounds of association due to her son's sexual orientation.

Recruitment Guidelines for Employers

The old cliche that any business is only as good as its people is certainly true but in practice recruitment activity is often carried out in an unstructured and haphazard manner. Spending time on effective and structured recruitment activities will ensure that employers have the right people in place in their business and do not have to spend unnecessary time and money dealing with the impact of poor recruitment decisions and lack of productivity.

Costly HR Mistakes (PART 2)

Following on from my last article, some more costly HR mistakes that can be avoided.

€18,000 Awarded To Waitress for Discrimination Due to Disability

In a recent case published by the Equality Tribunal in March 2015, it was determined that a waitress had not resigned her position when suffering from depression and a black out for a number of days and that her employer had discriminated against her on grounds of her disability and failed to provide reasonable accommodation.

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