Worldwide facts at a glance – week 8
Racial Discrimination – #TogetherWeStand
What is it?
Race discrimination refers to the phenomenon of a person treated differently because of their skin colour or ethnic origins.
The treatment could be a one-off action or as a result of a rule or policy based on race.
There are four categories that outline different types of racial discrimination:
1. Direct racial discrimination: Treating someone unfavourably because of their race.
2. Indirect racial discrimination: Disadvantaging an entire racial group through certain practices or requirements.
3. Racial harassment: Subjecting someone to unwanted behaviour because of their race.
4. Racial victimisation: Mistreating someone because they raised a complaint about racial discrimination.
Racial Discrimination in Irish Law
In Ireland there are 2 laws that prohibit racial discrimination in different sphere of personal lives of people: The Employment Equality Act and the Equal Status Act.
The Employment Equality Act prohibits discrimination under nine grounds, one of which is race. Employers may not discriminate against employees or potential employees with regard to access to employment, conditions of employment, work experience, and promotion. It is perhaps less well-known that the EEA also prohibits:
The Equal Status Act prohibits such discrimination in the access to goods and the provision of services, including housing and education.
The ESA prohibits discrimination in the provision of accommodation services against people who are in receipt of rent supplement, housing assistance, or social-welfare payments. Discriminatory advertising is also prohibited.
ICA against Racial Discrimination
Here is a little video about ICA and Racial Discrimination