Employment Equality Act 1998
F158[Redress through Workplace Relations Commission
85C. (1) An employee (in this section referred to as the "complainant") who claims that his or her current employer (in this section referred to as the "respondent") has failed to comply with regulations made under section 20A (such claim in this section being referred to as the "complaint") may refer the complaint to the Director General of the Workplace Relations Commission.
(2) (a) Subject to paragraphs (b) and (d), the Director General shall investigate the complaint if he or she is satisfied that there is a prima facie case to warrant the investigation.
(b) (i) The Director General may, by notice in writing given to the complainant or respondent, or both, require the complainant or respondent, or both, to give to the Director General, within the period specified in the notice (being a period reasonable in the circumstances), such further information that the Director General may reasonably require in order to assist the Director General to decide whether or not there is a prima facie case referred to in paragraph (a).
(ii) The complainant or respondent given a notice under subparagraph (i) shall comply with the notice.
(c) The Director General may, as part of an investigation (if any) of the complaint and if he or she considers it appropriate to do so, hear persons appearing to the Director General to be interested and desiring to be so heard.
(d) Section 77A shall, with all necessary modifications, apply to a complaint as that section applies to a claim.
(3) Subsections (3A) and (4) of section 79 shall, with all necessary modifications, apply in relation to an investigation by the Director General under subsection (2) as they apply in relation to an investigation by the Director General under that section.
(4) At the conclusion of an investigation under subsection (2) (including an investigation of a preliminary issue under subsection (3A) of section 79), the Director General shall make and issue a decision and, if the decision is in favour of the complainant—
(a) the Director General may provide for an order that the respondent take a specified course of action in order to comply with regulations made under section 20A, or
(b) in the case of a decision on a preliminary issue under subsection (3A) of section 79, it shall be followed by an investigation of the complaint.
(5) Not later than 42 days from the date of such a decision, the complainant, on notice to the respondent, or the respondent, on notice to the complainant, may appeal to the Labour Court by notice in writing specifying the grounds of the appeal.
(6) Proceedings under subsection (5) shall be conducted in public unless the Labour Court, upon the application of a party to the proceedings, determines that, due to the existence of special circumstances, the proceedings (or part thereof) should be conducted otherwise than in public.
(7) The Labour Court shall issue a determination on the appeal under subsection (5) and the Court shall have power to grant such redress as the Director General has under subsection (4)(a).
(8) Notwithstanding anything in section 89, the publication of decisions and determinations shall include the names of the complainant and respondent.]
Inserted (31.05.2022) by Gender Pay Gap Information Act 2021 (20/2021), s. 3, S.I. No. 263 of 2022.