It is the ultimate personal nightmare. A qualified medical nurse, you are productively employed as a special needs assistant - or SNA - in the service of children with a wide range of disabilities, both physical and mental. Then, one day, you are struck down and left in a state of paralysis.
Sun, 11 Aug, 2019
The Court of Appeal has overturned a €40,000 damages award made to a special needs assistant who was told she could not return to work arising from serious injuries suffered by her in a road accident.
Thu, 01 Feb, 2018
The Department of Education has been ordered to pay €5,000 compensation to a University College Cork student over its refusal to pay her annual grants after her disability forced her to take a three-year degree course over six years.
Wed, 22 Jun, 2016
A woman has been awarded €13,000 in compensation by the Equality Tribunal after being told she needed to dress less formally and “get down and dirty with the men” during the job interview process with an unnamed suicide prevention organisation.
Sat, 28 May, 2016
A five-judge Supreme Court has reserved judgment on an appeal by a woman who alleges that, as a student with dyslexia, she was discriminated against because special explanatory notes were attached to her Leaving Certificate. The notes stated she was not assessed on spelling and grammatical elements of language subjects.
Tue, 10 May, 2016
An accounts assistant who was dismissed from her job days after informing a company she was pregnant, has been awarded €52,000 after the Equality Tribunal found that her dismissal amounted to discrimination on the grounds of gender.
Sat, 07 Nov, 2015
The Equality Tribunal has found that a primary school in Munster discriminated against a teacher on the grounds of age, religion, and sexual orientation and has ordered it to pay her €54,000 in compensation, the equivalent of a year’s salary.
Tue, 20 Jan, 2015