The university lecturers' union has hit back at plans by UCD to appeal a ruling that it discriminated against a female member of staff on age grounds in a competition for promotion when she was 61.
The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) recently ordered UCD to pay lecturer Dr Anne Cleary €30,000 and to promote her retrospectively to senior lecturer grade.
UCD president Professor Andrew Deeks has stated that the college would be appealing to the Labour Court.
He said the academic promotion process was merit-based and in line with international best practice and that age and gender played no part in it.
But Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) general secretary Joan Donegan has called on UCD to desist from appealing.
Ms Donegan said that the WRC decision and UCD's response "shines a glaring light on the significant issues of ageism that exist in third-level education and indeed broader society".