Fair Employment

In Northern Ireland, the Fair Employment and Treatment (Northern Ireland) Order 1998 prohibits discrimination, harassment or victimisation on the grounds of religious belief or political opinion. It imposes specific monitoring obligations on employers with 10 or more employees to:

  • register with the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, and monitor the community background, sex and occupation of their workforce;
  • conduct Article 55 reviews of the composition of their workforce every 3 years; and
  • take affirmative action to ensure fair participation of workers from different community backgrounds, where necessary.

Other equality legislation. 

This includes:

  • Sex Discrimination (Northern Ireland) Order 1976 (Amended 1988)
  • Equal Pay Act (Northern Ireland) 1970 (Amended 1984)
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1995
  • Race Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1997
  • Employment Equality (Age) Regulations (NI) 2006