On Tuesday, 6th of July 2021 the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., 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.
The closing date for submissions is 29 October 2021 at 5 pm.
Further consultations are planned for Autumn 2021.
Further details on the consultation are available here.