Belfast Salesman wins claim for Religious Discrimination at Employment Tribunal

DiscriminationA Salesman has been awarded over £15,000 in compensation for religious discrimination, at the employment tribunal. He said that he was selected for redundancy by his former employers because he was not a member of the Brethren community - a particular Protestant body. Feeling that this treatment was not in keeping with UK employment law, he raised his claim to the tribunal.

Mr Connolly, 30, from Belfast in Northern Ireland, had worked for Oakdene Services - a business specialising in supplying printed promotional material. However, he raised a grievance issue against his employers, alleging that colleagues who were Brethrens were treated more favourably. The grievance was dismissed by his employers, and in June 2012, he was informed that he could possibly face redundancy. Subsequently, he resigned from his position.

The tribunal heard that throughout the course of Mr Connolly’s employment, he had seen Brethren employees receive favourable treatment. The claimant alleged that perks such as company cars and pay rises were given to these particular employees. After hearing all of the evidence, the tribunal ruled in favour of the claimant.

Following the decision, Mr Connolly said: “I’m just glad the process is over and I can get on with my life. It has been a very stressful time but ultimately what matters to me is the recognition that I was treated unfairly at work.”

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August 18, 2013
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