What categories of people are covered by the Employment Equality Acts


The law which deals with discrimination in the workplace is the Employment Equality Acts 1998 – 2015 (EEA).  It prohibits discrimination on nine specified grounds.

You are entitled to be treated equally in relation to work and jobs:

  • If you are a woman, a man, or a transgender person (the gender ground)
  • Whether or not you are single, married, separated, divorced, widowed or in a civil partnership (the civil status ground)
  • If you are the parent or person responsible for a child under 18, or if you are the main carer or parent of a person with a disability who needs ongoing care (the family status ground)
  • Whether or not you are gay, lesbian, bisexual or heterosexual (the sexual orientation ground)
  • No matter what your religious beliefs are, or if you have no religious beliefs (the religion ground)
  • Whatever your age, so long as you are over the legal school-leaving age (the age ground)
  • No matter what race you belong to, or what colour your skin is, or your nationality or ethnic background (the race ground)
  • If you are a member of the Traveller community (the Traveller community ground)
  • If you have a disability (the disability ground).

Do you think you have been discriminated against on one or more of the nine grounds in a work situation?