Gary McClean v Waterside Neighbourhood Partnership [2017]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
    71/15 FET
  • Legal Body
    Employment Tribunal (ET)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Discrimination, Recruitment and Selection
Issues covered: Direct discrimination on the ground of political opinion; Fair Employment and Treatment (Northern Ireland) Order 1998; Selection interview

The claimant applied for the post of Community Development Officer with the Respondent, which is a limited company involved in community development. After being shortlisted for interview and being the only one of the three candidates to reach the threshold interview score, he was not appointed to the post and was informed that it would be re-run.
The claimant alleged that the decision not to appoint him had been an act of direct discrimination on the ground of political opinion contrary to the Fair Employment and Treatment (Northern Ireland) Order 1998.
The tribunal accepted that the claimant’s ‘socialist world view’, as he described it, amounted to a political opinion for

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This article is correct at 03/03/2017

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