Advertising & Family Status

Advertising & Family Status Discrimination

Discrimination on the ‘family status ground’ occurs where there is less favourable treatment of one person compared to another person because one person has a family status and the other does not or has a different family status.

‘Family status’ means responsibility as a parent or person in loco parentis for a person under the age of 18 years or responsibility as a parent or resident primary carer of a person of 18 years or over with a disability requiring care or support.

Report inequality in advertising

If you have come across an advertisement that you believe discriminates on the family status ground, you can report it here.

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission can make a complaint to the Workplace Relations Commission or contact the advertiser directly in response to discriminatory advertising.

If you believe an advertisement directly affects your access to employment, you can complain directly to the Workplace Relations Commission.

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What's next?

Make a complaint to the Workplace Relations Commission

The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) is the body that hears discrimination complaints under Ireland’s equality laws. The WRC deals with both employment and service/goods related claims. There is no fee to bring a case to the WRC and complaints can be made online.

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We, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, have a statutory role to fight discrimination and provide information on equality and human rights in Ireland. Please note however that we are not a court and we do not decide on discrimination claims.

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Contact another organisation

You may find that another organisation could better help you with your issue.

  • Personal data protection

    Data Protection Commissioner

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  • Employment rights / Equal treatment in services

    Workplace Relations Commission

  • Disability rights

    National Disability Authority

  • Immigration and asylum

    The Refugee Legal Service

  • Community law and mediation

    Community Law & Mediation

  • Citizen's Information Centres

    Citizen’s Information

  • Children's rights

    Children’s Rights Alliance

  • Independent living for people with disabilities

    Independent Living Movement

  • Information for unmarried parents

    Treoir – National Federation of Services for Unmarried Parents and their Children

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