An individual or the(the ECNI) may bring the enforcement of non-discriminatory practices. The ECNI has the power to investigate discriminatory practices and may serve a non-discrimination notice. It can also give assistance to an individual pursuing a claim.
A complaint must be made within three months of the act complained of, or within 6 months for unequal pay complaints. Although the tribunal has discretion to extend the time limit, an extension will only be granted if it is just and fair to do so.
If a complaint is well founded, the tribunal may:
Failure to comply with such an order can lead to an increase in the compensation order.
In deciding the appropriate level of compensation, the following matters will be taken into account:
You cannot insert a term into a contract that furthers or provides for unlawful discrimination, and such a term will be unenforceable against any person.
You can get more information from the, which offers free, confidential and impartial advice on all employment rights issues. You can call the . The can help with advice regarding discrimination and equal opportunities.