- Launched 22/12/2020
- Time remaining 5 weeks
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Arising from the enactment of Statutory Instrument 244 of 2020 and Statutory Instrument 296 of 2020 (together the "Regulations"), both of which have mandated the wearing of Face Coverings on Public Transport and in Relevant Premises respectively, I say that I have been regularly subjected to discrimination in the provision of goods and services in breach of the Equal Status Acts.
I say that I have a disability within the meaning of the Equal Status Acts and I have a Reasonable Excuse within the meaning of the Regulations, however, irrespective of making this fact known, it has become regular practice within businesses and public transport vehicles (who are subject to both the Equal Status Acts and the Regulations) to refuse service (without offering any reasonable accommodation) to persons unable to wear a Face Covering.
I am aware that the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has a statutory function to promote equality and ban discrimination in Ireland and that in accordance with section 23 of the Equal Status Acts, if it appears to the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission that prohibited conduct (which includes discrimination), is being generally directed against persons, then the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission may refer such a complaint to the Workplace Relations Commission ("WRC") and in which case the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission shall be the complainant.
I say that I have been subject to discrimination in the provision of goods and services arising from an inability to wear a Face Covering and I further say that I have been witness to widespread discrimination generally being directed against others who are unable to wear a Face Covering.
I sign this Petition today to ask the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission to initiate a complaint through the WRC arising from prohibited conduct (within the meaning of the Equal Status Acts) in the provision of goods and services.
I confirm that the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission may contact the Irish Council for Human Rights in connection with the identity of the entity that should be the respondent in this matter.
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