The implications of the Employment Equality Acts, 1998 to 2015 for employers are wide ranging. They have ramifications across a broad spectrum of activities including recruitment and selection, determination of pay and the composition of terms and conditions of employment. The Acts make it illegal to discriminate with regard to both pay and non pay issues on the basis of nine specific grounds: gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race, and membership of the traveller community. Employers must study all aspects of employment in their organisation to ensure that no discrimination occurs on any of the nine grounds.
This section examines the requirements of the legislation in detail, as well as providing practical guidance to employers in relation to ensuring equality throughout all aspects of the workplace.