July 6, 2020
Data Protection – the Return to Work Safely Protocol
When the Return to Work Safely Protocol was published in May, we outlined the main considerations for employers. You can read this piece here. In this piece, we outlined that...
Discrimination in The Workplace Solicitors
Lavelle Partners have the necessary experience and expertise to provide specialist legal advice on employment Equality, Discrimination & Equal Status matters for employees. Contact us in confidence on (01) 644 5800. Employment Equality, Discrimination &Equal StatusNo person should ever be the victim of workplace discrimination in Ireland. Unfortunately, many employees each year are discriminated against on the grounds of characteristics which are protected under law. If you have been affected by discrimination of any type in the workplace, Lavelle Partners have the experience and legal expertise to defend your rights. As an equal opportunities’employer ourselves, we take especially seriously any case of discrimination or inequality within the workplace. As such, our team will work tirelessly to ensure the party/s responsible for your discrimination, or those who failed to protect you from discriminatory behaviour, are brought to account.
There are 9 protected characteristics on which employers have a legal duty to ensure workers are not discriminated on the grounds of:
The Employment Equality Acts 1998 -2015 provide that any situation in which an employee is treated less favourably due to one of the above 9 protected characteristics will be deemed discriminatory. For example, if it can be proven you were overlooked for promotion, not offered a pay rise, prevented from having time off, or any other action by your employer on the grounds of gender, disability, age, or any other characteristic, the law may have been breached.
Within Ireland, the Employment Equity Acts and Equal Status Acts 2000-2015 (‘the Acts’) exist to protect employees against discrimination and uphold equal rights. This is overseen by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and the Workplace Relations Commission.
Irish equality legislation also imposes specific requirements on employers in relation to:
Lavelle Partners work with Talbot Pierce to provide a seamless service in respect of Human Resource Management. Talbot Pierce are a team of specialist HR professionals who work with us on a range of matters including advice on and delivery of conflict/dispute resolution solutions, best-practice HR strategies, policies and procedures.
For further information on workplace discrimination in Ireland, please contact Lavelle Partners in confidence on (01) 644 5800.
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