Coronavirus – Mon Feb 28, 2022 A clinic in Ireland has been ordered to pay a patient over $3,000 after it was found to have discriminated against him due to him being unable to wear a mask.
Ireland’s Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) has found in favour of a patient in the case of alleged discrimination, during which an unnamed clinic refused to provide a procedure to an individual over his inability to wear a mask.
The incident is said to have occurred during a period of so-called ‘Level 3’ lockdown in Ireland, during which there remained in place significant restrictions on religious services, such as Sunday masses, weddings, and funerals.
According to a post detailing the ruling on the WRC’s website, the patient — who has been diagnosed with autism since birth — was referred by his doctor to the clinic for an ultrasound.
Due to his condition, the man is unable to wear a mask, a detail he went over when organising the appointment with the clinic in question.
However, despite initially receiving assurances from the clinic that his inability to wear a mask would not be a problem, he was subsequently refused the procedure on the day due to said inability — a fact that the patient alleged constituted discrimination under Section 25 of Ireland’s Equal Status Act of 2000.
Ruling on the case, WRC Adjudication Officer Thomas O’Driscoll agreed with the patient’s view of the series of events.
“I find that the Respondent engaged in prohibited conduct under the Equal Status Acts 2000, as amended,” O’Driscoll explained in his ruling.“The Respondent, in effect, admitted its failure to reasonably accommodate the Complainant in the manner described, and whereas it proffered a valid excuse with regard to miscommunication of policy, the plain fact of the matter was that there was no attempt to facilitate the […]
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