Equality Office

Employment Equality Acts


Legislation and Policies

Emplyment Equality Acts 1998 and 2004

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).