The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., has today launched a public consultation process as part of a review of the Equality Acts (Equal Status Acts 2000-2018 and the Employment Equality Acts 1998-2015).
Submissions are invited on a range of issues including, the functioning of the Acts and their effectiveness in combatting discrimination and promoting equality; awareness of the legislation; and whether there are obstacles to taking an action under the Acts.
Submissions are also invited on the scope of the current definitions of the nine equality grounds. This will include consideration of the gender ground, the disability ground and whether new grounds should be added, such as the ground of socio-economic discrimination.
Minister O’Gorman said today:
Public consultation is central to this review of the Equality Acts. The Equality Acts need to be robust and effective, and reflect the lived reality of our citizens and our society. The views of those who have experienced discrimination and have experienced the operation of the Acts will help inform the review process and will contribute to any outcomes.