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Questionnaire – Statutory

If a worker or (or applicant for employment) feels that their employer (or potential employer) has discriminated against them on the grounds of, for example, race, sex, religious belief etc, they are entitled to send a written questionnaire to the individual or organisation asking them to explain why they have contravened their rights under the relevant legislation. The response will enable the worker to determine whether there are grounds for a case of discrimination or not.  The questionnaire should be sent within three months of the alleged act of discrimination occurring, or within 21 days of a discrimination complaint being lodged at the Industrial Tribunal.  An employer is not legally obliged to respond within a set period, though is cautioned that a failure to do so could draw a negative inference by the Industrial Tribunal.  The link below provides some FAQ’s from the Equality Commission on the Questionnaire procedure.

http://www.equalityni.org/archive/word/TheQuestionsProcedureEnglish.doc

Telephone Enquiry Point

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.

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