Is your situation covered by the law on discrimination in the workplace?
The Employment Equality Acts 1998 – 2015 (EEA) do not cover every difference in treatment, or discrimination in the workplace. For example:
- Only certain kinds of discrimination are covered
- Only nine grounds, or categories of people are covered
- There are some limits on what employers have to do. This includes disproportionate burden related to appropriate measures for people with disabilities
- Some forms of more favourable treatment, also known as positive action, are not against the law.
There are some situations in which the EEA does not apply. These are called exemptions. There are different kinds of exemption, for example:
- General exemptions, which apply to all types of employment
- Specific exemptions which apply to only some kinds of employment
- Specific exemptions which apply to one, or more than one, of the nine grounds covered by the EEA
Click on the links to find out if any of the exemptions apply to your situation.