In very limited circumstances it may be lawful for an employer to discriminate against individuals on the grounds of their race, sex, sexual orientation, age etc, in respect of certain jobs, where the requirement to do so is necessary to fulfil the requirements of the role. For example, an employer may recruit specifically for a member of one sex for a role in a single sex establishment, or for a member of a particular race/nationality for a modelling or acting role.
The Agency’s Enquiry Point is available to employers, employees, trade unions and others. Enquiry Point advisors provide information and advice on a wide range of employment matters. The Enquiry Point is also an important contact point for identifying circumstances, or clients, who would benefit from being referred to other Agency services.
The Enquiry Point provides clear, confidential, independent and impartial advice to assist the caller in resolving issues in the workplace.
While the advisors cannot provide a legal opinion they can help callers gain a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities as well as identifying possible options to help resolve their issues.