A teacher in Northern Ireland has won £8,250 after bringing a successful claim of discrimination on the grounds of religious belief, as reported in the Irish Times today.

Julie Brudell, along with three other Protestant teachers were selected for redundancy.  No Catholic teachers were selected on the basis that the majority of the children were Catholic and the school believed more children may be lost if Catholic teachers were selected.

The Tribunal found that the overriding interest of the school was to ‘protect and secure future viability’ and in so doing Ms Brudell suffered an act of discrimination.

Of note, however, is the amount of the award – relatively low for a discrimination case given the absence of a financial cap.