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Unsure of your equality rights or the law? We can provide advice and assistance for people who feel they have been discriminated against.

Discrimination complaints process

What you need to know


Discrimination complaints process for work related problems

We provide information and guidance on request for all discrimination complaints. We also provide free legal assistance including representation at tribunal in a limited number of cases. To see how the Equality Commission's Legal Funding Committee decides which cases to assist, download our policy for the provision of legal advice and assistance (pdf)
To discuss your complaint further, contact a Discrimination Advice Officer on 028 90 500 600 (10am-4pm, Mon-Fri) who will provide you with free and confidential information and guidance.
Alternatively you can contact us by email by using our online form.  A Discrimination Advice Officer can guide you through the process of having your complaint addressed. If you require an interpreter please let us know.

Time limits

Remember there are strict time limits for taking a case of sexual orientation discrimination. Complaints on employment issues must be made to the tribunal within 3 months less one day from the date of the discriminatory act.
If your time limit has expired the tribunal has discretion to extend the time for you to lodge your claim. This is used sparingly and it is unwise to assume that an extension will be granted.

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