Discrimination by Status Grounds

Under the Act, discrimination is classified into four (4) broad categories. Each complaint must fall within one or more of these categories and must correlate to one or more of the seven (7) status grounds provided for in the Act. See below for some examples of how each category is linked to a status ground.


This applies to how an educational institution selects students (subject to any existing Agreement or practice between the State and Educational Boards), and how it treats with existing students.


This applies to the treatment of persons applying for employment (prospective employees) as well as to existing employees (where things like access to vocational training, promotions, transfers, benefits are included).

Provision of Accommodation 

This applies to the treatment of persons seeking accommodation as well as of persons to whom accommodation have already been provided.

Provision of Goods and Services 

This relates to the provision of goods, facilities and services to the public (whether or not for payment) and includes things like access to and use of a public place; facilities for entertainment, recreation or refreshment, transport or travel; the services of any profession or trade or of any statutory or municipal authority, and such like.