General Act on Equal Treatment

The German Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (“Antidiskriminierungsstelle”) has provided a legal framework as the basis for a multicultural society that is free of any kind of discrimination. Its main principle is that every person is equally important and has equal rights, regardless of ethnic background, gender, disability, religion, belief, age or sexual orientation.

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§ 1 Purpose

The purpose of this Act is to prevent or to stop discrimination on the grounds of race or ethnic origin, gender, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.

§ 2 Scope

§ 3 Definitions

§ 4 Unequal Treatment on Several Grounds

Where unequal treatment occurs on several of the grounds referred to under Section 1, this unequal treatment may only be justified under Sections 8 to 10 and 20 when the justification extends to all those grounds for which the equal treatment occurred.

§ 5 Positive Action

Notwithstanding the grounds referred to under Sections 8 to 10 and 20, unequal treatment shall only be permissible where suitable and appropriate measures are adopted to prevent or compensate for disadvantages arising on any of the grounds referred to under Section 1.