Have you or someone you know been discriminated against? Here are a couple of suggestions as to where you can find help and advice!

If a young person (under 18 years) feels that they have been discriminated against we would advise them to seek support from key individuals in their schools, such as a Guidance Counsellor, someone from the Pastoral Care team or another trusted adult. We would also adivse them to seek support from relevant organizations such as LGBT youth services. These supports should be able to inform the young person of their rights and advise them on how to go about making a discrimination claim.

The following is taken from the Citizens Information website (20 January, 2012)

The Equality Authority is an independent State body set up to ensure that all people in the country are treated equally and to ensure that discrimination on certain grounds does not occur.
The Equality Authority provides information to the public on the equality legislation. It can, at its discretion, provide legal assistance to people who wish to bring claims of unlawful discrimination.
There are two distinct pieces of legislation in place in Ireland which set out important rights for people and specifically outlaw discrimination when it occurs. The Employment Equality Acts 1998-2008 and the Equal Status Acts 2000-2008 outlaw discrimination in employment, vocational training, advertising, collective agreements, the provision of goods and services. Specifically, goods and services include professional or trade services; health services; access to accommodation and education; facilities for banking, transport and cultural activities.
Under the equality legislation discrimination based on any one of 9 distinct grounds is unlawful.
These grounds are:
Civil status
Family status
Sexual orientation
Age (does not apply to a person under 16)
Membership of the Traveller community.

What is discrimination?
Discrimination is defined as less favourable treatment. A person is said to be discriminated against if he or she is treated less favourably than another is, has been or would be treated in a comparable situation on any of the 9 grounds. To establish direct discrimination, a direct comparison must be made, for example, in the case of disability discrimination the comparison must be between a person who has a disability and another who has not, or between persons with different disabilities.
Indirect discrimination occurs when practices or policies that do not appear to discriminate against one group more than another actually have a discriminatory impact. It can also happen where a requirement that may appear non-discriminatory.

What is the difference between the Equality Tribunal and the Equality Authority?
The Equality Tribunal and the Equality Authority are separate organisations.
The Equality Authority is a statutory body set up to work towards the elimination of unlawful discrimination, to promote equality of opportunity and to provide information to the public on the equality legislation. It can advise and support you to bring claim but it has no power to decide a case.
The Equality Tribunal investigates or mediates claims of unlawful discrimination under the equality legislation. A Tribunal mediator will facilitate parties to reach a mediated agreement which is legally binding. Where parties object to mediation, a case will be heard by a Tribunal Equality Officer, who will hear evidence from both parties before issuing a legally binding decision.

How to apply
Complaints under the Employment Equality Acts 1998-2008 must be brought within 6 months of the last act of discrimination. You can make a complaint using the new single complaint form (pdf) and guidance note (pdf) available on workplacerelations.ie.

Where to apply
The Equality Authority
Birchgrove House

Tel:+353 (0)505 24126
Locall:1890 245 545
Fax:+353 (0)505 22388
Homepage: http://www.equality.ie
Email: info@equality.ie