Equality at Work

It is against the law to treat a person less favourably than another person because of his or her:

  • sex (including gender, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy and equal pay)
  • race, including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins and belonging to the Irish Traveller Community
  • disability,
  • religious beliefs,
  • political opinion,
  • sexual orientation,
  • age

Such treatment includes all aspects of employment, e.g. pay, access to work, training or promotion, etc.

The Equality Commission can assist those who feel that they have been discriminated against on any of the above

If you are employed on a fixed term contract (i.e. you are not permanent), you are entitled to the same pay, terms of employment, and opportunities for promotion as an equivalent permanent employee. There’s a limit of four years on how long an employee can be kept on successive fixed-term contracts. If your contract is renewed after that, you become a permanent employee, unless the employer can show a good reason why you should stay on a fixed-term contract.

If you work part-time, you cannot be treated differently to someone who works full time simply on the basis of the hours that you work.