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