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Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions Bill) 2017 – Prohibition of Discrimination in Respect of Disadvantaged Socio-Economic Status

It has been reported that the Joint Committee on Justice and Equality will carry out detailed Scrutiny of Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017 today. A copy of a link to the Bill can be found here.Chairman of the Committee Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said: “The aim of this Bill is to amend the Employment Equality Act 1998 and the Equal Status Act 2000 by prohibiting discrimination on the basis of a person’s social and economic background……..we will start our detailed scrutiny of the proposed legislation when we will meet with representatives from the Equality and Rights Alliance, as well as the employers’ body IBEC to get their perspectives on the Bill“.The Bill as currently drafted proposes an amendment of Section 2(1) of the Employment Equality Act 1998 (as amended) by the insertion of the following after the definition of “disability”: “ ‘Disadvantaged socio-economic status’ means a socially identifiable status of social or economic disadvantage resulting from poverty, level or source of income, homelessness, place of residence, or family background”.Further updates to follow.

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