In the year from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 the Discrimination Advice Officers dealt with 4,144 enquiries. This is the highest number of enquiries to this service to date.
Of the enquiries received this year:
- 43.5% were about disability discrimination (including) SENDO
- 24.5% were about sex discrimination
- 12% were about religious/political discrimination
- 10% were about racial discrimination
- 8% were about age discrimination
- 2% were about sexual orientation discrimination (SO)
The percentage breakdown of enquiries has remained consistent over the past five years. Disability enquiries have risen very slightly on last year. In the past five years, disability enquiries have been the biggest area of calls to the Commission’s help line, followed by complaints of alleged sex discrimination.
Applications for assistance are directed by Legal Funding Committeess (LFC)
Your equality rights
For further information about equality law, and the different types of discrimination which are recognized under the law, see our sections on:
Discrimination advice team
The Equality Commission's discrimination advice team can provide information and advice for those who believe they have been discriminated against. If you require help telephone 028 90500600 or use our online forms:
Information for legal advisors
We can assist organisations that provide advice to people who believe they have been discriminated against. This includes providing information sessions for advisory organisations, briefings for political parties and accredited training courses (OCNNI). For further details see our section for legal advisors
Read our layperson's guide to taking a case of discrimination to Tribunal. It explains the processes and procedures involved.
The Equality Commission has a duty to keep equality laws under review and advise government on ways they could be improved. For further information on our recommendations for strengthening legal protection against discrimination see our law reform section
The Equality Commission carries out investigations into public bodies’ non-compliance with their equality schemes (Section 75 investigations) as well as formal investigations under the provisions of anti-discrimination legislation.
The Commission has no powers to conduct investigations under the sexual orientation legislation [employment] and age legislation.