The Employment Equality Acts 1998 and 2004 promote equality and outlaw discrimination at work. The Acts prohibit direct and indirect discrimination in employment on nine grounds: Gender, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race and membership of the Traveller community. It also prohibits sexual harassment, harassment or victimisation on these grounds. All aspects of employment are covered by the Act including equal pay, access to employment, vocational training, conditions of employment, work experience, promotion and dismissal. The Acts require appropriate measures for people with disabilities in relation to access, participation and training in employment. It also allows positive action measures to ensure full equality in practice across the nine grounds.

You can get more information from the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA) and the Equality Authority.

The purpose of this section is to provide information to IMPACT branches and members. It is not intended as a complete or authoritative statement of the law.