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Equality Employment Legislation - Northern Ireland


In Northern Ireland there are a numbers of laws that help to promote equality, safeguard human rights and maintain positive working relationships between employers and employees within the workplace. These laws set out clearly what it means for the employee and their rights within the workplace and also they clearly states what the responsibility of the employer is too. These laws are:


Equal Pay Act (NI) 1970

This means that for the employee, their right is: that men and women must get paid the same amount of money if they are doing a job that is of 'equal value' (i.e. same skills, same knowledge, same demands of the job.)

For the employer, it is their responsibility: to ensure that all employees are paid equally if they are doing jobs of 'equal value'.


Sex discrimination (NI) Order 1976

This means that for the employee, their right is: that men and women must have equal treatment and opportunity in the workplace.

For the employer, it is their responsibility: to ensure that no one is discriminated against because of their gender.


Race Relations (NI) Order 2003

This means that for the employee, their right is: that people of all races, colours, nationalities and ethnic origins must be treated equally in the workplace by everyone.

For the employer, it is their responsibility: to ensure that no one is discriminated against because of their race, colour, nationality or ethnic background.


Disability Discrimination Act 1995

This means that for the employee, their right is: able-bodied, disabled and some people with mental impairment must be given the same opportunities.

For the employer, it is their responsibility: to ensure that no one with a disability is discriminated against.




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