Age discrimination tops job-related complaints

AGE discrimination dominated the case load of the Equality Authority in 2008, according to its latest report.

The age ground was the largest category of employment case files with 98 out of a total of 374 under the Employment Equality Acts being dealt with during 2008, according to the authority’s annual report.

Race was the second highest category with 70 cases being processed last year, followed by 59 gender cases and a similar number on disability grounds .

In 2008, there were 736 case files dealt with by the Equality Authority with 374 under the Employment Equality Acts and 301 under the Equal Status Acts.

There were 61 case files under the Intoxicating Liquor Act.

The annual report was launched by junior Equality Minister John Moloney, who said: “Our core mandate is to inform, to educate and to offer redress.

“Together with our partners and stakeholders, important advances have been made in promoting equality in education, research, equal status reviews and tackling homophobic bullying.”

Advances were also made on issues such as the health needs of transsexual people and “in recognising the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender sexual identity in health services” and also minority initiatives.

Looking at the report, it is notable that, for the second year running, the age ground was the largest casework category under the Employment Equality Acts, and disability, Traveller community and age grounds formed the majority of equal status case files,” Renee Dempsey, chief executive, Equality Authority, said.

Last year, the authority’s Public Information Centre dealt with 10,433 queries on equality and family leave legislation. There were 2,819 queries under the Employment Equality Acts. 1,821 queries were recorded under the Equal Status Acts — a 5% reduction on 2007.

Working conditions constituted the largest area of complaint at 113 — 38 of these 113 case files were on the grounds of age, followed by disability, at 21.

Dismissal is the third largest category of complaint at 44 with harassment the fourth largest category at 26.

As in previous years, the disability ground was the highest area of complaint under the Equal Status Acts and accounted for the largest numbers of case files, at 118.


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