Equal Status Act 2000
EQUALITY OFFICER'S DECISION NOs: DEC-S2002-072 / 076
Mary Burke, Catherine Lynch, Ellen Quilligan, Noreen Harrington & Noreen O' Donoghue
(Represented by the Traveller Visibility Group)
The Bar Rumba
(represented by Coakley Moloney, Solicitors)
File No. ES/2001/238,240,241,242 &245
Date of Issue 12/06/2002
Key words:Equal Status Act 2000 - Direct discrimination, section 3(1)(a) - Membership of the Traveller community, section 3(2)(i) - Supply of goods and services, section 5(1) - Invalid complaint, non-compliance with notification procedure, section 21(2) - Refusal of service in pub - Request for ID - allegation of threatening behaviour - Burden of Proof.
This dispute concerns a complaint by Mary Burke, Catherine Lynch, Ellen Quilligan, Noreen O' Donoghue & Noreen Harrington that they were discriminated against, contrary to the Equal Status Act 2000, by the owner of The Bar Rumba, Cork. The complainants maintain that they were discriminated against on the Traveller community ground in terms of sections 3(1) and 3(2)(i) of the Equal Status Act 2000 in not being provided with a service which is generally available to the public contrary to Section 5(1) of the Act.