OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF EQUALITY INVESTIGATIONS
Equal Status Act 2000
EQUALITY OFFICER'S DECISION NO: DEC-S2002-078-083
Ann Stokes & Ors.
(represented by the Equality Authority)
Norevale Ltd., trading as The Vault Bar/Hearne's Hotel,
(represented by Nolan Farrell & Goff, Solicitors)
File No. ES/2001/276-281
Date of Issue 02/07/2002
Headnotes:Equal Status Act, 2000 - Direct discrimination, section 3(1)(a) - Membership of the Traveller community, Section 3(2)(i) - Disposal of goods and supply of services, Section 5(1) - Refusal of access to bar/nightclub - Prima facie case .
This dispute concerns claims that the complainants, who are members of the Traveller community, were discriminated against by the respondent when they were refused access to The Vault Bar on the night of Thursday, 21 December, 2000. The respondent denies that the complainants were discriminated against and states that the reason access to the bar was refused on the date in question was that some of the complainants had excess alcohol taken.