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The Fair Employment and Treatment (Northern Ireland) Order 1998


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Discrimination by employment agencies

22.—(1) It is unlawful for an employment agency to discriminate against a person, in relation to employment in Northern Ireland,—

(a)in the terms on which the agency offers to provide any of its services; or

(b)by refusing or deliberately omitting to provide any of its services; or

(c)in the way it provides any of its services.

(2) References in paragraph (1) to the services of an employment agency include guidance on careers and any other services related to employment.

(3) This Article does not apply if the discrimination only concerns employment which the employer could lawfully refuse to offer the person concerned.

(4) An employment agency shall not be subject to any liability under this Article if it proves—

(a)that it acted in reliance on a statement made to it by the employer to the effect that, by reason of the operation of paragraph (3), its action would not be unlawful; and

(b)that it was reasonable for it to rely on the statement.

(5) A person who knowingly or recklessly makes a statement such as is referred to in paragraph (4)(a) which in a material respect is false or misleading shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.

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