What categories of people are covered by the law on discrimination in relation to services?

The law which deals with discrimination in relation to goods and services is the Equal Status Acts 2000-2015 (ESA).  The ESA prohibits discrimination on nine specific grounds.

You are entitled to be treated equally in relation to the provision of goods and services:

  • If you are a woman, a man, a transgender person or an intersex 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:
    • pregnant
    • the parent or person responsible for a child under 18
    • 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 18, or under 18 if you have a driver’s licence and are looking for car insurance (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)

In addition, discrimination in the provision of accommodation and related services and amenities is unlawful on the grounds that you receive rent supplement, housing assistance, or any payment under the Social Welfare Acts. (The housing assistance ground).

Do you think you any of these kinds of discrimination have happened or are happening to you?