At Sherwin O’Riordan, we have developed specialist expertise in the field of Equality and Discrimination Law. We regularly advise both employers and employees on how to handle situations of questionable treatment in the workplace.
If you are concerned that you are being discriminated against, or would like more information about how you can protect your employees against discrimination, please contact our team and find out how we can help.
What is the law relating to Equality & Discrimination law in Ireland?
Equality and Discrimination Law is an area of ever increasing importance and relevance, particularly in the context of the employment relationship. The law in the Republic of Ireland relevant to this area is largely set down in The Employment Equality Acts 1998-2011. These pieces of legislation deal specifically with discrimination in the workplace, and cover recruitment policies, equal pay, dismissal, harassment and training opportunities.
Despite its increasing significance, Discrimination Law is often misunderstood. In the interests of clarity, discrimination will occur when someone is treated less favourably than someone else owing to their:
- Family status
- Civil status
- Sexual Orientation
- Membership of the Traveller community
How to deal with workplace discrimination
Employers must ensure that they are sufficiently prepared to deal with issues of discrimination should they arise. This means, amongst other things, keeping their policies and procedures for dealing with equality and discrimination in the workplace fully up to date and in accordance with the law.
If you are concerned that you are being treated differently to your colleagues, because of your gender, race or for any other reason, you may be suffering from discrimination. You should contact a solicitor that has an established history of dealing with complaints of discrimination in the workplace to provide legal advice on your options.
Sherwin O’Riordan is a commercial law firm based in Dublin that provides advice across the commercial sphere including on matters concerning employment and discrimination law. We provide specialist advice and assistance to our clients, and represent their interests in addressing discrimination in the workplace. We can advise on a range of employment matters including settlement agreements and redundancy/dismissal.