Human rights body assists woman in discrimination claim
The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has provided legal assistance to a disabled woman in a discrimination claim under the Equal Status Acts.
The woman alleged that a State body had failed to provide her with transport that would have enabled her to avail of its services on an equal footing with others. The woman referred a complaint of discrimination on the ground of disability to the Workplace Relations Commission.
In bringing the claim, the woman said that putting the appropriate supports in place would help her to access educational opportunities appropriate to her needs, to facilitate suitable social opportunities and to help her become more independent. Otherwise, she said, she would be entirely dependent on her family for support.
With assistance from the Commission, the woman settled her claim on terms satisfactory to both parties.
Sinéad Gibney, chief commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission said: “The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is pleased to have been able to provide legal assistance to this brilliant young woman.
“Cases like these raise awareness of the vital importance of accommodating disabled people’s needs so that they can access goods and services on an equal footing to others.”