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.