Monday 18 February 2019

Waitress gets €8,000 over 'wear a skirt' order

Grainne Cunningham

A PART-TIME waitress was sacked by a hotel after she questioned its insistence that she had to wear a skirt to work.

Emma Conlon was yesterday handed more than €8,000 in compensation for victimisation and discrimination.

The Equality Tribunal made the ruling against Ms Conlon's employer, Sheldon Park Hotel and Leisure Club on the Naas Road, Dublin.

Ms Conlon complained in December 2005 that she was ordered by a manager to wear a skirt to work, which she said made her feel physically uncomfortable.

She had begun working at the hotel a month before and had been allowed to wear trousers for the first three weeks.

When she was told that a skirt was the proper uniform, she contacted the Equality Authority, who wrote to her employer, stating that they considered the practice to be discriminatory.

The Equality Tribunal awarded her €1,600 for gender discrimination suffered and €6,500 for being victimised and dismissed.

•Meanwhile, A blind man and his guide dog had to look for alternative accommodation late at night after the Park House Hotel, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford said they had a strict 'no dogs' policy.

The Equality Tribunal awarded Gabriel Moloney €3,500 for the inconvenience and humiliation caused.

At the hearing, the hotel's representative acknowledged that the treatment accorded to Mr Moloney "was wrong and is regrettable". The manager on duty on the night made an error of judgement and was unaware that guide dogs were an exception to the hotel's 'no dogs allowed' policy.

The hotel apologised for the upset and inconvenience caused and offered Mr Moloney the opportunity to come and stay in the hotel with a guest free of charge whenever he was passing that way again.

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