A major advocate for the disabled has been ordered to pay a deaf man €10,000 in compensation after a tribunal found that it discriminated against him on the basis of disability.
The Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) was found by the Equality Tribunal to have discriminated against Kevin Stanley on the grounds of disability contrary to the Employment Equality Acts by failing to provide "reasonable accommodation" for his disability when he was invited to a job interview.
Mr Stanley, former manager of the Irish Deaf Society, had claimed that he was discriminated against by the IWA by failing to allow him sufficient time to book an Irish sign language (ISL) interpreter to attend a job interview with him.
Mr Stanley, who is an assistant project researcher for the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, said he not only feels personally vindicated by the decision but believes it is a win for the entire deaf community in Ireland.
He said last night: "I was disappointed and hurt by the refusal of the IWA to reasonably accommodate a difficulty that is no fault of mine."
Officials from the IWA did not comment on the matter last night.