OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF EQUALITY INVESTIGATIONS
Equal Status Act 2000
Equality Officer Decision: DEC-S2002-133
Mr. Finnian Gallagher
Merlin's Night Club
(represented by M.W. Keller & Son Solicitors)
Key words:Equal Status Act, 2000 - Direct discrimination, section 3(1) - gender discrimination, Section 3(2)(a) - Supply of goods and services, Section 5(1) - service in a pub, dress code - males wearing sandals to a night club, prima facie case.
The dispute concerns a claim by the above named that he was discriminated against by Merlins Night Club, on the gender ground, in terms of Sections 3(1)(a), and 3(2) (a) of the Equal Status Act, 2000, and contrary to Section 5(1) of that Act, when he was refused access to a service which is generally available to the public in the respondent's premises.