Primary School ordered to pay over €93,000 in compensation as a teacher was discriminated against

A Primary School in Sligo has been ordered to pay a deputy principal nearly €94,000 in compensation after it discriminated against her because of gender in a contest for a school principal’s post.

In the case which went before the Workplace Relations Commission the Board of Management of Scoil Mhuire agus Iosaf Junior School in Sligo were forced to pay Pamela Brennan €93,498.

The WRC ruled that Brennan who was Employed at the school, had superior academic qualifications and more relevant teaching experience than the successful male candidate for the post.

Brennan took her case taken under the Employment Equality Act.

The WRC claimed that In the findings which related to the male candidate beating Brennan to the job by obtaining a higher score at interview, the WRC claimed that on the balance of probabilities the process was tainted with discrimination on gender grounds.