A parents' row over the enrollment of their daughter in a Co Clare school has resulted in the school being ordered to pay the father € 3,500 compensation in a discrimination case.
This follows the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) upholding the girl's father's claim that he was treated less favorably by the Board of Management's secondary school than their daughter's mother because she is a man and she is a woman when it came to them. daughter's enrolment. The father took the case of gender discrimination under the Equal Status Act against the school board after the school enrolled the girl for the 2017/18 school year without his consent.
The parents are estranged and share legal custody of their daughter.
Along with ordering the school's board to pay the father € 3,500 for the effects of discrimination, WRC adjudication officer Enda Murphy ordered that the board review its admissions policy with a view to making every effort to ensure that the principles of equality were applied. both male and female legal guardians in assessing applications for enrolment.
In the case in April 2017, the father became aware that his former partner applied to have their daughter enrolled in the school in January 2017.
The father said he contacted the school on April 10 and informed the school that he did not consent to the enrolment.
At the end of August 2017, the girl was now attending school and the principal wrote to her father on August 30 advising him that both himself and the girl's mother should sort this matter out among themselves in the interest of their daughter.
The father told the WRC the school enrolled his daughter according to the mother's wishes and did not take his position as a male or father into consideration.
In his findings, Mr Murphy found that the father as a joint guardian was fully entitled to the enrichment of his daughter in school.
Mr Murphy said that, under the circumstances, he had taken the view that it was incumbent on the school board to bring his father's objection to the attention of their daughter's mother and to defer any decision on the enrichment application until the matter had been decided. upon by the courts.
He said instead the school proceeded to enrich the daughter even though she was fully aware of the dispute between her parents.
He said: "I find that the respondent is doing so, subjected the complainant to discrimination on the grounds of gender in relation to his daughter's enrolment."