Employment Equality Act

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Employment Equality Acts 1998-2011
The Employment Equality Acts 1998 to 2011, cover employees in both the public and private sectors as well as applicants for employment and training.

Discrimation is defined as ‘the treatment of a person in a less favourable way than another person is, has been or would be treated’

* The Acts outlaw discrimination in work related areas such as pay, vocational training, access to employment, work experience and promotion. * Cases involving harassment and victimisation at work are also covered by the Acts. * The publication of discriminatory advertisments and discrimination by employment agencies, vocational training bodies and employment agencies, e.g. trades unions and employer associations, is outlawed. * Collective agreements may be referred to the Equality Tribunal for mediation or investigation.

Anyone who feels they have been discriminated against may refer a complaint to The Equality Tribunal through Workplace Relations Customer Services within 6 months of the occurrence of the act of discrimination. The Director of the Tribunal may extend this to a maximum of 12 months, if the complainant shows that there is reasonable cause to do so.

The nine grounds on which discrimination is outlawed by the Employment Equality Acts are as follows: * -------------------------------------------------
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Civil status
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Family status
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Sexual orientation
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Religious belief
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Race colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins
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