What categories of people are covered by the Employment Equality Acts - IHREC - Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

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?