Is your situation covered by the law on discrimination in relation to services?
The Equal Status Acts 2000-2015 (ESA) do not cover every difference of treatment in relation to the provision of goods of services:
- Only some kinds of discrimination are covered.
- Only nine grounds are covered (there are ten grounds in relation to accommodation)
- There are some limits on what providers of goods and services have to do. This includes for example, not having to go above nominal costs related to providing reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities
- Some forms of discrimination – such as positive action – are not against the law.
There are some situations in which the ESA does not apply. These are called exemptions. There are different kinds of exemption:
- General exemptions, which apply to all kinds of goods and services
- Specific exemptions which apply to goods and services
- Specific exemptions relating to education
- Speific exemptions relating to accommodation
- Specific exemptions relating to clubs
Click on the links to find out if any of the exemptions apply to your situation.