Employment

Download our human rights advice on employment law.

If you work for a public authority as defined under the Human Rights Act 1998 it is unlawful for your employer to violate your rights protected in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

For example, you have the right to respect for your private and family life, home and correspondence. This means that your employer cannot record your telephone calls or carry out surveillance if it cannot be reasonably justified and they have not warned you first.

If you take a case to an employment tribunal, the Tribunal, which is a public authority, must follow the principles laid out in the ECHR. For example, you have the right to a fair and public hearing within a reasonable time.

If your employer isn’t a public authority you cannot make a claim against them for breach of your human rights. However, general employment law has incorporated many human rights laws. For example, your employer can not discriminate against you because of your sexuality or religion. This applies to all employers.

Your general rights in work will depend on your statutory rights and your contract of employment. The Citizens Advice Bureau has produced an online advice guide, on your rights at work.

I am a migrant worker, what are my rights?

Our migrant worker guides in Northern Ireland will help you understand your rights and entitlements while you are in Northern Ireland. They are available in a variety of languages and are specific to your nationality.

Organisations who can provide advice include: