Equality Division develops policy and draft laws to improve equal opportunities and to work towards a more equal society in the area of employment and family friendly policies, and in the access to goods, facilities and services.

We work to promote greater respect for the person and for diversity, equality and cultural difference, mainly through laws and administrative practices.

We also support family-friendly policies through laws on maternity leave, adoptive leave and parental leave.


We are currently preparing legislation to consolidate maternity, adoptive, parental and carer’s leave into one piece of legislation, to be known as the Family Leave Bill.

Anti-Discrimination legislation

Discrimination occurs when you are treated less favourably than another person because of your:


The Employment Equality Acts 1998–2011 outlaw discrimination at work including recruitment and promotion; equal pay; working conditions; training or experience; dismissal and harassment including sexual harassment.

The Equal Status Acts 2000–2012 outlaw discrimination outside the workplace, in particular in the provision of goods and services, selling renting or leasing property and certain aspects of education.

The Workplace Relations Commission (formerly the Equality Tribunal) investigates or mediates claims of unlawful discrimination under equality legislation.


Contact details:

Address: Equality Division
  Department of Justice
  2nd Floor, Bishop’s Square
  Redmond’s Hill
  Dublin 2 
  D02 TD99
Phone (main reception): + 353 1 479-0200
Lo-Call: 1890 555-509
Fax: + 353 1 479-0296