Equality Law

Although most people in the community and voluntary sector would agree that equality is an important concept, many find it challenging to translate a general belief in equality and inclusion into concrete action in the structures, processes and operations of an organisation. However, for the many groups and organisations that are set up to progress social justice it is essential that you do so, because having an ethos of equality is simply an extension of that commitment to equity and fairness. Furthermore, for all organisations, embracing equality will ultimately save you time and money, by increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of your organisation. Finally, you have no choice about some matters of equality, as the law requires you to meet a number of obligations.

Equality law currently consists of the Employment Equality Acts 1998 and 2004 and the Equal Status Acts 2000 and 2004...

The scope of equality law
 
Equality law currently consists of the Employment Equality Acts 1998 and 2004 and the Equal Status Acts 2000 and 2004. Please note that even if you are a small, underfunded charity, you are not exempt from equality law! Even if you have only one part-time member of staff you have to abide by employment equality legislation, and even if the services you provide are free, you are still bound by equal status legislation.
 
This legislation is also very important in relation to how your organise any services that you might deliver to your client group. You need to be aware of it when you are planning, designing, advertising, promoting, delivering and evaluating your services.