The Civil Service is strongly committed to equality of opportunity in all its employment practices. Equality of opportunity in the Civil Service means that:
- All civil servants can be confident that their rights under the Employment Equality Acts are guaranteed and that no one will receive less favourable treatment because of gender, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, religious belief, age, disability, race or membership of the Traveller community;
- Throughout their working lives, civil servants can be assured of equality of participation in their Department/Office, regardless of gender, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, religious belief, age, disability, race or membership of the Traveller community;
- All civil servants have a responsibility to create a working environment in which differences are respected and in which all people – staff, clients and customers – are valued as individuals;
- As an employer, the Civil Service will strive to achieve real equality of opportunity by continually monitoring its employment practices to ensure that they do not perpetuate existing inequalities.