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A bank in Ireland has been ordered to pay €20,000 to an Iranian couple in business here over demanding that they not transfer any funds to bank accounts in their native country.

In the case, the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) has ordered that the un-named bank pay €12,000 to the woman and €8,000 to her husband after finding that the bank discriminated against the couple of the grounds of race.

The woman had operated a bank account with the bank for 10 years and her husband for five years before they received a request last year to agree to a number of restrictions on the operation of their bank account.

The bank argued that the restrictions were necessary and could be objectively justified because it was obliged to comply with national and EU legislation in relation to anti-money laundering/combating financing terrorism and the requirement to comply with sanctions against Iran.

Based on the report, WRC Adjudication Officer Marian Duffy found that the bank did discriminate against the two on the grounds of race.

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