Equality Tribunal – For Employees
The Equality Tribunal is an independent body in Ireland set up to investigate or mediate complaints of discrimination in employment and also access to goods and services.
Since this piece is aimed towards the employee we will be focusing on discrimination in employment. Every employee needs to be aware of the Employment Equality Acts 1998 to 2008 which aims to prohibit discrimination at work and also includes promotion, recruitment training and dismissal to name a few.
The Employment Equality Acts states that discrimination occurs when an employee is treated less favourably than another person is, has been or would be treated because of that employee’s gender, race, religion, family status, marital status, age, sexual orientation, disability, member of the travelling community.
You can make an application to the tribunal by simply downloading the relevant form from their website www.equalitytribunal.ie. You will then have to wait for further correspondence from the tribunal. Your case will be allocated an equality officer and you will be required to make a written submission outlining the discrimination which you believe occurred. Your employer will also make a submission defending your claim. All correspondence from each side will be known by each party.