A man greeted with the words “so you’re deaf?” by a job interviewer has been awarded €5,500 for being discriminated against at interview. He had applied for a job as a warehouse operative that involved forklifting skillsand had previously worked for four years in such an environment. The firm had been told in advance of interview that communication through email and text was preferable as he was deaf, a Workplace Relations Commission hearing was told. The firm’s branch manager told the commission she was aware the complainant was deaf and was “intrigued” to understand how this might work in their workplace. Ms McGrath found the employer discriminated against the man under the Employment Equality Acts and s ordered the firm to pay him €5,500.
Source: The Irish Times May 16, 2019 16:41 UTC