According to the International Labour Organisation, non-discrimination at work is a fundamental human right. This is enshrined in Irish law through the Employment Equality Acts 1998-2011 and the Equality Act 2004. There are 9 grounds on which people cannot be discriminated against in the workplace. They are:
- Sexual Orientation
- Gender (including Transgender)
- Civil status
- Family status
- Religious Belief
- Membership of Traveller Community
Any treatment of a person in a way that is less favourable than how someone else is treated is DISCRIMINATION.
The Stand Up! At Work Campaign runs in order to encourage staff to show their support for colleagues in the LGBTI community and wipe out homophobia and transphobia.
For anyone who has fears about work colleague reactions to their transition, visit Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) and have a look at their guidelines which may help.
For more information on your employment rights visit www.citizensinformation.ie
If you have any other concerns please call:
FDYS on 053 91 23262
LGBTI Help-line 1890 929 539
Stand Up! Week is November 14th-18th
BeLong To , (2010), Stand Up!, [online], available: http://www.belongto.org/campaign.aspx?contentid=11092 [accessed 19/10/2016]