A county council has been ordered to pay €50,000 to a woman after it failed to renew her contract when she notified it that she was pregnant.
The Workplace Relations Commission heard that the experience “felt like it was the 1970s” to the woman and there was “an aura of anti-feminism in the council”.
The commission found she was discriminatorily dismissed on the grounds of gender and awarded her compensation for the breaches of the Employment Equality Acts.
The woman, who worked in an administrative role, submitted that her fixed-term contract was not renewed in October 2012 and that this was linked to her pregnancy.
She said a male comparator’s contract was renewed but she was let go, even though they did broadly similar work.
Her role was described on the council’s organisation chart as a secondment.
The woman said that from this description she and everybody else there understood her role would continue until the man whose role she was filling returned to work for the council.
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