Charley talks discrimination
Ireland seems to be taking steps a plenty in the right direction to protect members of the LGBT community; with a court case, dealing with discrimination against a two lesbians in their place of work, resulting in a payout of 15,000 euros for the couple, Ireland are clearly doing things right to protect those in this community.
The case, which was taken to Ireland’s Equality Tribunal, saw the discussion of how the lesbian couple had been subject to various forms of abuse – such as obscene remarks and incessant questions about the nature of their relationship – whilst working at Eddie Rocket’s City Diner in Blackpool, Cork. It was eventually decided that the employer had not taken enough steps to protect the couple.
Director of the Equality Tribunal, Mr Niall McCutcheon, stated that:
It is a duty on employers under the Acts to provide a workplace in which it is safe for lesbians and gay men to be open about their sexuality.
There is, approximately, a staggering 170,000 members of the LGBT community that make up a large segment of Irish workforces up and down the country. An even more startling figure is that, after a recent survey, it was determined that at least a quarter of these people have suffered some kind of abuse or torment in their place of work due to their sexual orientation.
Despite the upsetting figures attached to discrimination against LGBT individuals, this trial certainly exhibits a step being taken in the right direction for the sake of all those who are impacted by this issue. Davin Roche, director of workplace diversity at Ireland’s Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) has also joined in this debate, remarking on how the decision made in this trial highlights not only the importance of having an anti-harassment policy in the workplace, but also the importance of ensuring that the individual guidelines within that policy are adhered to by all.
Regardless of the steps we still have to take, this is certainly a leap in the right direction for LGBT Ireland.