Protecting yourself from gender-based discrimination at school or in the workplace

  • Find it in the Law:
    Law on Protection from Discrimination, Law on Gender Equality
  • Who is responsible:
    Your employer or educational institution. They are responsible to adhere to the provisions foreseen in legislation and to make sure that there are no discriminatory barriers in the internal rules and regulations, as well as in daily operations. Otherwise they might be liable for fines ranging from 300 EUR to 1350 EUR.
  • Who can help me:
    In case you face gender-based discrimination, you can seek assistance within the institution in case there are responsible bodies dealing with employee or student complaints. If they are unresponsive, you may try filing complaints at the courts. The Ombudsperson institution may also be used as an address of last resort.

Let’s say that you have faced gender-based discrimination at school or in workplace. For example, you may have been discriminated in the workplace as a woman because of your pregnancy or marital status, or in school simply because you are a woman and you are deemed “unfit” for a certain professional training you are pursuing. You should know that the Law on Gender Equality and the Law on Protection from Discrimination provide sufficient legal basis for you to take action and hold those who discriminate you accountable. The Law on Gender Equality prohibits gender discrimination in the workplace (Clause 15) during the establishment of recruitment criteria, working conditions, membership in professional organizations, etc. It also prohibits discrimination in ensuring social protection schemes at work (Clause 16) as well as sets out the right for equal pay for women and men when they perform work of the same value (Clause 17, 1.1.2). In Clause 20, the Law on Gender Equality prohibits direct or indirect discrimination based on gender that are related to education, including here barriers to education in public or private institutions, or the provision of opportunities to select a specific area of studies or trainings.


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