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Summary of Employment Equality


  • The Employment Equality Act 1998 came into force on the 18th October 1999, and was amended on the 25th October 2004 by the Equality Act 2004.
  • The Employment Equality Acts 1998 and 2004, deal with discrimination within employment.
  • The Acts deal with discrimination related to any of the following nine grounds:
    • gender
    • civil status
    • family status
    • age
    • race
    • religion
    • disability
    • sexual orientation
    • membership of the Traveller community
  • Most employment issues are dealt with by the Acts, including: dismissal, equal pay, harassment and sexual harassment, working conditions, promotion, access to employment etc. However, all disputes must relate to one or more of the nine grounds listed in the previous point (for example gender).


Please note that the above points are intended only as a very brief summary of the main provision of the Acts and should not be relied upon as a legal document. There are many other provisions and exemptions under the legislation. For more detailed information please follow the links below.

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