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Council Directive 2000/78/EC of 27 November 2000 establishing a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation

Creator:

European Union (EU)

Subject Keywords: Equality, Discrimination, Data, Workplace
Catalogue: Policy
Policies, Strategies & Action plans
Type: Policy
Region: Europe
Description:

SUMMARY

The directive aims to ensure that persons of a particular religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation do not suffer from discrimination and instead enjoy equal treatment in the workplace.

What kind of discrimination does the directive cover?

It covers both direct discrimination (differential treatment based on a specific characteristic) and indirect discrimination (any provision, criterion or practice which is apparently neutral but puts the people in the above categories at a disadvantage compared to others). Harassment, which creates a hostile environment, is deemed to be discrimination.

Who does the directive apply to and who does it not apply to?

The directive applies to all individuals, whether they are working in the public or private sectors, in relation to:

  • conditions of access to employed or self-employed activities, including selection criteria and recruitment conditions and including promotion;
  • vocational training;
  • employment and working conditions (including dismissals and pay);
  • membership of and involvement in an organisation of employers or workers or any other organisation whose members carry out a particular profession.

The directive does not cover differences of treatment based on nationality or payments of any kind made by State schemes, including State social security or social protection schemes.

Date:

27/06/2000

Rights: © Public
Suggested citation:

European Union (EU). (2000) Council Directive 2000/78/EC of 27 November 2000 establishing a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/1282815 [Accessed: 12th November 2019].

  

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