CASE REF: 214/03 FET
CLAIMANT: Paul Girvan
RESPONDENT: The Queen's University of Belfast
This is a decision of a chairman sitting alone in accordance with Rule 13 of the Fair Employment Tribunal (Rules of Procedure) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005. The decision of the Tribunal is that the claimant is ordered to pay costs of £200 to the respondent.
Constitution of Tribunal:
Chairman: Mrs M Watson
The claimant was represented by Mr J Bowers, EIRS, Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre.
The respondent was represented by Mr C Hamill, Barrister-at-Law, instructed by Ms R. Carson, Legal Services Officer, Queen's University Belfast.
BACKGROUND TO APPLICATION
(i) believed he was the victim of a ' pattern of discrimination' by the respondent,
(ii) did not contend that those short-listed in this case were less qualified than he, and
(iii) relied on the fact that other candidates not short-listed in this case were subsequently successful in recruitments for the Film Studies Department in exercises where the claimant, again, was not short-listed. These candidates were identified by the claimant as his 'comparators'.
(a) formed an opinion regarding the statutory grounds for the application,
(b) given consideration to making a costs order and
(c) determined whether, in all the circumstances, it is appropriate to do so,
including, the terms of any such order.
(See Harvey at T [1045} et seq. and Criddle –v- Epcot Leisure Ltd an unreported decision of the EAT dated 24 June 2005)
Date and place of hearing: 6 September 2005, Belfast.
Date decision recorded in register and issued to parties: