OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF EQUALITY INVESTIGATIONS
Equal Status Act 2000
EQUALITY OFFICER'S DECISIONS NO: DEC-S2002-122-123
Tom & Ellen Reilly
(represented by Ms. Eleanor Edmond, Solicitor , Free Legal Advice Centres)
The Abbey Lodge, Celbridge
(represented by Ms. Treasa Kelly, B.L., acting on instructions
from Arthur E. McMahon, Solicitors)
File No. ES/2001/749 & 757
Date of Issue 21/11/2002
Headnotes:Equal Status Act, 2000 - Direct discrimination, Section 3(1)(a) - Traveller community ground, Section 3(2)(i) - Disposal of goods and supply of services, Section 5(1) - Refusal of service in a pub - prima facie case - refused because of previous conduct.
This dispute concerns claims by each of the complainants that they were discriminated against on the grounds that they are members of the Traveller community when they were refused service in the respondent's premises on 26 August, 2001. The respondent denies that the complainants were discriminated against and states that service was only refused because of previous unacceptable behaviour on the complainants part.