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Your Employment Equality Rights Explained

Guide to the Employment Equality Acts 1998-2008

Important Note:

Changes to the Marital Status Ground following the enactment of "Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Acts " in january 2011

Section 2(1) of the Act of 1998 is amended --

(a) by inserting the following definition:
" 'civil status' means being single, married, separated, divorced, widowed, in a civil partnership within the meaning of the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 or being a former civil partner in a civil partnership that has ended by death or been dissolved;";
(b) by deleting the definition "marital status"; and
(c) by inserting, in paragraphs (a) and (b) of the definition "member of the family", "or civil partner within the meaning of the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010" after "spouse" wherever it appears.

(3) The Act of 1998 is amended by substituting "civil status" for "marital status" wherever it appears.