Equality Law & Discrimination in the Workplace
Discrimination occurs when you are treated less favourably than another person is, has been or would be treated because of your:
- Civil status
- Family status
- Sexual orientation
- Race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins) or
- Membership of the Traveller community.
The term victimization is used to describe unfair treatment of a worker by an employer because of some action the worker has taken.
The Workplace Relations Commission also deals with complaints of discrimination on the grounds of gender under the Pensions Act 1990 – 2009 in relation to occupational benefit or pensions schemes. It cannot deal with complaints about licensed premises (for example, pubs) and registered clubs (for example, some golf clubs are registered clubs). To pursue a complaint about a licensed premises or registered club you must take your case to the District Court.
Time Limits to make complaint to the Workplace Relations Commission
Complaints under the Employment Equality Acts 1998 – 2011 must be brought within 6 months of the act of discrimination. You should make your complaint using the complaint form on the Workplace Relations Commission website. The completed form should be returned to Workplace Relations Commission.
Complaints about discrimination in pensions must be brought not later than 6 months after leaving the job.