Friday 22 September 2017

BoI ordered to pay woman €30,000 over discrimination

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

A WOMAN who was discriminated against by Bank of Ireland Private Banking has been awarded €30,000 in compensation.

Grainne Campbell, who is based in Co Donegal, was awarded €30,000 after she was discriminated against after returning to her job from maternity leave. The Equality Tribunal made the ruling against her employer after she made a claim under the Employment Equality Act.

Ms Campbell's job as a private banking manager was an advisory and sales role, dealing with high net-worth people.

After announcing her pregnancy in August 2007, she took certified sick leave from September 10 until October 22.

On her return to work she alleged her former regional manager had addressed her in an aggressive manner regarding the provision of cover for her workload.

She was then asked a few days later to step back from her workload for the remainder of her pregnancy. She did not want to do this. The bank argued they had simply been offering her a less demanding role during her pregnancy.

DEMOTION

That November it was announced that a new private banking manager had been appointed to her area. In January 2008 she was told they could not say what would happen when she returned from maternity leave.

As she neared her return to work, she was told she could insist on coming back to her old job but it would be "difficult". Ms Campbell said it was suggested she move her career elsewhere.

Ms Campbell said she effectively suffered a demotion on returning to work.

Meanwhile, two workers in Eddie Rocket's in Blackpool, Cork – who were in a lesbian relationship – were awarded €7,500 each for harassment on grounds of gender and sexual orientation during their employment. However, it was found the employer did not discriminate against them.

Laura Mezei, from Hungary, and Melanda Magyar, from Slovakia, complained that a co-worker asked if they had baths together and who was the "man" in their relationship.

Irish Independent

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