OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF EQUALITY INVESTIGATIONS
Equal Status Act 2000
EQUALITY OFFICER DECISION NO: DEC - S2001-020
Mr John Maughan,
(Represented by The Equality Authority)
The Glimmer Man Ltd
(Represented by McKeever Rowan, Solicitors)
File Ref: ES/2001/024
Date of Issue: 18th December, 2001
Headnotes:Equal Status Act 2000 - direct discrimination - section 3(1)(a) - three grounds claimed under section 3(2) - family status 3(2)(c) - disability 3(2)(g)- membership of the Traveller community 3(2)(i) - section 5(1) - refusal of service in a pub - prima facie evidence - section 15 defence.
The complainant is visually impaired and claimed that on 2nd November, 2000, at 4.15 p.m. approximately, he entered the Glimmer Man pub with his wife (who is also visually impaired but not as severely as the complainant) his thirteen year old son and his guide dog. The complainant claimed that he was refused service contrary to the Equal Status Act, 2000, because of i) his family status, ii) his disability and iii) his membership of the Traveller community.