The Employment Equality Law Acts 1998 (as amended) prohibit discrimination in a number of areas such as pay, vocational training, access to employment, work experience and promotion.
The Acts also extend in certain circumstances to self-employed people, partners in partnerships, and state and local authority office-holders.
Specifically, the Acts prohibit discrimination in respect of:
Discrimination, treating one person in a less favourable way than another person, is prohibited on the following grounds:
The Equal Status Acts 2000 (as amended) prohibit discrimination in the provision of goods and services, the provision of accommodation and access to education, on any of the nine grounds set out below. The Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015 has inserted a tenth ground in the provision of goods and provision of accommodation only; the “housing assistance” ground. The Acts outlaw discrimination in all services that are generally available to the public whether provided by the state or private sector for example, banking, insurance, grants, transport and travel services.