Stand Up at Work!
Say No to Homophobia & Transphobia in the Workplace!
Non-discrimination is a fundamental right at work as defined by the International Labour Organisation. The right to equal treatment in the workplace is reflected in Irish law. The Equality Acts outlaw discrimination at work, including discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
We know from listening to the young people we work with on a daily basis that they face significant challenges in finding and keeping work, and dealing with serious incidents of discrimination and exclusion. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans young people told us that when their colleagues and trade unions stood up for them, this really made a difference.
The Stand Up at Work Campaign encourgaes everyone in the workplace to take a stand against homophobia & transphobia. Below you'll find information on your employment rights.
Stand Up at work is a joint campaign by:
Your Employment Rights
All young people have rights when it comes to employment, including young people. Your age will determine how many hours you can work, the type of work you can do, how long your breaks should be and how much you can get paid. For example, the minimum wage for people under 18 is €6.06 per hour, and €8.65 per hour if 18 and older. For more information on this, check out the employment section of www.citizensinformation.ie
There are also laws which directly affect LGBT young people in the work place; they are the Employment Equality Acts 1998 - 2011 and the Equality Act 2004. There are 9 grounds on which a person can’t be discriminated. These are Sexual Orientation and Gender (including Transgender), civil and family status, age, disability, race, religious belief and membership of the Traveller Community. Discrimination is described in the law as the treatment of a person in a less favourable way than someone else, on any of the nine grounds.
Even though it is not expressly stated in the Employment Equality Acts, a case taken by a trans woman in the Equality Tribunal ruled that discrimination based on gender identity is against the law. As such, people are entitled to express their gender identity in work and elsewhere. If you are transitioning and have fears about how your colleagues might react to this, you should consider looking at guidelines about this developed by Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI).
The Stand Up at Work Campaign has been funded by: