A simplified meaning of dicrimination according to the law is that someone is mistreated or offended, thus being treated more poorly than someone else and it has to do with one of the discrimination grounds protected by the law.

Sometimes one can feel that one has been treated unfairly but it is not necessarily discrimination according to the law. The discrimination law requires among other things that it has to do with one of the seven discrimination grounds:

1. Ethnicity, skin colour

2. Disability

3. Gender

4. Transgender identity or expression

5. Religion other belief

6. Sexual orientation

7. Age

The law forbids a number of forms of discrimination; direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, lack of accessibility, harassment, sexual harassment and instructions to discriminate.

The law protects individuals (not organizations or companies). The prohibition of discrimination means for example that employers can’t discriminate their employees, or that schools can’t discriminate their students, or that shopkeepers can’t discriminate customers.

The time limit to report and address a case of discrimination in court is two years from when it happened, but in the working sphere the limitations are much shorter, sometimes as short as two weeks.

If you experience discrimination at your workplace you need to turn to your union quickly if you are a member of the union.

For more information about discrimination, please visit the Equality Ombudsman, DO or contact us at the ADU.