The financial firm MBNA has been ordered to pay €56,000 to a female employee for pregnancy-related discrimination.
The woman started working with MBNA in October 2001 and took maternity leave in 2004 and 2005.
She claimed she was passed over for promotion on a number of occasions because of her pregnancies and her treatment in her employment deteriorated as a result.
The Equality Tribunal found that she was discriminated against on the basis of her pregnancy and then victimised for pursuing her case.
The Equality Authority says it hopes the scale of the compensation award will dissuade employers from engaging in similar practices in the future.