Protection from harassment
Let’s say that you are being harassed at the office or at school by a superior or peer who makes you uncomfortable through his actions and words. You should know that the Law on Protection from Discrimination provides for legal protection you from such behavior. Harassment is defined in the Law on Protection from Discrimination as an “unwanted conduct which has the purpose of violating the dignity of the person and of creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment”. The Law on Gender Equality on the other hand also defines sexual harassment as a specific form harassment that is based on sexual difference. Both of these laws allows you to file a lawsuit to a competent court or file a case to the Ombudsperson Institution. In case of harassment the law foresees a fine in between 450 to 750 EUR for the perpetrator. It also foresees additional penalties in case the institution (e.g. employer) does not take into account court orders to prevent harassment.