The labour market and LGBT discrimination in Ireland

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Title: The labour market and LGBT discrimination in Ireland
Authors: Vasquez del Aguila, Ernesto
Cantillon, Sara
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/4499
Date: Jan-2010
Abstract: As recently as 1993, homosexuality was illegal in Ireland. Equality legislation prohibits both direct and indirect discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation in both the private and public sectors, in work and employment. A key exception in relation to the situation of LGBT people in the labour market is the clause in the Employment Equality Act 1998, Section 37(1), which allows religious organisations, medical institutions and educational institutions an exemption on employment grounds. If such an organisation argues that in order to maintain their ‘religious ethos’ or prevent their religious ethos from being undermined then it is not illegal under section 37 for them to discriminate. There is very little existing research that deals specifically with the situation of LGBT people in the labour market in Ireland. This report presents an overview of the role of social partners, NGOs, equality bodies and other stakeholders in promoting the rights of LGBT workers. Another important aspect that masks the real picture of discrimination in the labour market is the fact that many LGB people are not “out” in their workplace, which reinforces their “invisibility” in the labour market. “Coming out” in the workplace is not an option for all LGBT workers. Many of them are afraid of experiencing the negative consequences that disclosing their sexual orientation might generate for their professional careers and general wellbeing at work.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Social Justice
Keywords: IrelandLGBTDiversitySexual orientationDiscriminationLabour market
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Social Justice Series

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