Advertising & Sexual orientation

Advertising & Sexual orientation Discrimination

Discrimination on the ‘sexual orientation ground‘ happens where there is less favourable treatment of one person compared to another person because they are of different sexual orientation.

‘Sexual orientation’ is defined as heterosexual, bisexual or homosexual orientation.

Report inequality in advertising

If you have come across an advertisement that you believe discriminates on the sexual orientation 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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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.

Learn more about the WRC process

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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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