Employers should be committed to equality - Fearon
Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has said every employer should be committed to equality.
The party’s equality spokesperson was speaking after a 63-year-old man was awarded £3,000 by an industrial tribunal on grounds of age discrimination.
Megan Fearon said:
“This is not the first case of age discrimination in terms of accessing employment and it is deeply regrettable that in the 21st Century discriminatory practises are still prevalent.
“It is important that all employers should be committed to equality and work for the elimination of unlawful discrimination at their place of work.
“An important tool in the Good Friday Agreement is section 75 where all public bodies are obliged to promote equality across a range of categories including age religion, gender, and ethnicity.
“Age discrimination legislation is another important protection for citizens in which employers must adhere to and I would encourage all businesses/employers to provide equality training to all employees on existing anti-discrimination laws including age discrimination legislation.
“Sinn Féin believe that all citizens regardless of race, age, religion or sexuality should be treated as equals in the eyes of the law.”