Discrimination

Discrimination occurs when one person is treated less favourably than another person on the basis of a personal characteristic.

According to the Non-Discrimination Act, nobody may be discriminated against on the basis of their age, origin, nationality, language, religion, belief, opinion, political activity, trade union activity, family relationships, state of health, disability, sexual orientation or other personal characteristics. Discrimination is prohibited, regardless of whether it is based on a fact or an assumption concerning the person herself/himself or someone else. Consequently, it may be prohibited discrimination to place a person in a disadvantageous position because she/he is closely connected to a member of an ethnic minority or a disabled person, such as a family member, relative, close colleague or friend.