Our work for individuals 2012-2013
We advise, and in some cases support, people challenging unlawful discrimination at work, in education or in the provision of services.
Download our 2012-2013 review of Decisions and Settlements.
Breakdown of enquiries and complaints 2012-13, see page 113
The total amount of compensation recovered for applicants was £474,374.42.
Compensation ranged from £250 as part of a wider settlement in a sexual orientation claim relating to discriminatory treatment of a gay parent at a nursery school, to £150,000 in settlement of a religious discrimination case successfully taken to Tribunal by Dr Alan Lennon against the DRD.
These settlements include additional terms, such as apologies, employers agreeing to work with the Commission to review their policies and practices, physical adjustments to premises or undertaking training.
Follow up work on these commitments is carried out by the Commission’s Advice and Compliance team.
Last year, of the six employment cases that we supported to Tribunal, three were upheld and three dismissed. Two decisions were issued in service provision claims; both were dismissed.
Legal staff have contributed to programmes aimed at building the capacity of other advisers to recognise discrimination and signpost their service users effectively. We hosted a legal platform event for NGOs and other advisory bodies.
Anne McKernan, Director of Legal Services
We work with Citizens Advice Bureau, Advice NI and the NI Employment Lawyers’ Group, have contributed to the PETAL programme, a training course for trade union representatives, and to the joint ICTU Migrant Workers’ Forum.