The purpose of the Employment Equality Acts, 1998-2015 is to promote equality in the workplace and to make further provision in relation to harassment and discrimination in the workplace.
The Acts were introduced in Ireland in order to promote equality of opportunity and prohibit discrimination in relation to employment which includes harassment and sexual harassment. The Acts prohibit direct and indirect discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment and victimisation on nine specific grounds:
- civil status
- family status
- sexual orientation
- religious belief
- race and
- membership of the Traveller Community
This comprehensive legislation applies to public and private sector employment, self-employment, partners in a partnership, vocational training bodies, advertising agencies, employment agencies, trade unions, professional and trade bodies.