A settlement has been agreed to pay €3,500 compensation to a man with a brain tumour who was asked to leave a licensed premises in the mistaken belief that he was drunk.
The man had been in the pub celebrating the conclusion of rehabilitative treatment for a brain injury he had suffered. He was also experiencing a bad limp due to his condition at that time. However, employees in the licensed premises believed this to be a sign that he was drunk and asked him to leave, despite the man’s best attempts at explaining the reasons for this.
The man, who had legal representation provided by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC), said that the incident “caused him significant distress and embarrassment.” He submitted the action to the District Court for redress under the auspices of Intoxicating Liquor Act 2003.
Once an apology had been made the matter was settled with the need for a court hearing after the licensed premises agreed to pay the individual €3,500 compensation.
Along with this this, the management of the licensed premises have agreed to to attending a yearly equality training course. No admission of liability was made.
An IHREC spokesman commented: “In addition, the licensed premises also agreed to provide a policy on treating all customers equally and making reasonable accommodation for customers with disabilities in line with obligations under the Equal Status Acts 2000-2018 and Intoxicating Liquor Act 2003,”
IHREC chief commissioner Emily Logan remarked: “As this case demonstrates, issues arising from brain injury should not mean you risk discrimination when out socialising. It is important that people providing services are trained and supported by employers in understanding the varied needs of their customers.”
Ms Logan went on to say that “the Intoxicating Liquor Act is acting as barrier for people in accessing justice when they face discrimination” as it states that claimants must take their case to the District Court. Ms Logan pleaded for these cases to be heard in the non-court setting of the Workplace Relations Commission going forward.