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Publication of the 2021 Annual Report of the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency

A new Organic Law of comprehensive guarantee of sexual freedom has been passed

The key national policy instrument on gender equality adopted

Publication date: 18 October 2022. Topics

Supreme Court ruled that it did not constitute discrimination because of disability to dismiss a swimming instructor who had been granted a flex job because of her diagnoses of anxiety, depression and ADHD. The employer had fulfilled its obligation to provide reasonable accommodation

Publication date: 12 October 2022. Topics

The key national policy instrument on equality and non-discrimination adopted

Following amendment of its internal regulations and statutes, the main opposition political party ‘SYRIZA’ is the first Greek party to adopt a 50-50 gender equality quota for elections to its governing bodies

The Supreme Administrative Court considered that the police stop and search action was based on ethnic profiling and therefore was direct discrimination prohibited in the Non-Discrimination Act

The Spanish Constitutional Court has decided for the first time on a case of employment discrimination on grounds of gender identity

Publication date: 5 October 2022. Topics

Pay during family leave is not a legal obligation, but it is common as a collective agreement obligation. Mothers on maternity leave have been paid for a longer period than fathers on paternity leave. The new family leave legislation that came into force in the beginning of August replaced maternity leave with a much shorter pregnancy leave. The change caused difficult collective agreement negotiations, with possibly shorter duration of pay for women giving birth than previously

Publication date: 5 October 2022. Topics

The President wins a case at the Supreme Court against the Parliament and has two laws, which were seeking to remove age discrimination provisions, declared unconstitutional for leading to an increase of the state budget

The obstacles that students with disabilities face in the Greek educational system as a deterrent for their equal treatment and their inclusion

Publication date: 5 October 2022. Topics

Direct discrimination based on sex and sexual orientation in reimbursement rules of vaccines against human papillomavirus – HPV

Supreme Court rules that the dismissal of a teacher, who did not want to work on a Saturday because of his religion, did not constitute indirect discrimination because of religion or belief

Annual Report of the Commission for Equality and Against Racial Discrimination, describing a sharp decrease in complaints concerning racial or ethnic discrimination, and a rise in administrative offence proceedings

For the first time revenge pornography is formally criminalised as a distinct crime against sexual freedom

Publication date: 26 September 2022. Topics

Committee of State and National Coordinator against Discrimination and Racism

Whether broadcasting a public-interest commercial regarding rainbow families in the 05.00-21.00 o’clock time slot can be banned on the basis of ‘child-protection’ arguments

Publication date: 23 August 2022. Topics

Public annual report on the activity of the Defender of Rights for the year 2021

The Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions voices serious criticism regarding the independence of Hungary’s equality body, the Ombudsman, and downgrades it due to the lack of functional independence

Evaluation of the Federal anti-discrimination legislation by a Commission of Independent experts

Eastern High Court rules that differential treatment based on the legal criterion ‘immigrant or descendant from non-Western countries’ does not constitute discrimination based on ‘ethnic origin’

First instance conviction of members of a Nazi group (Hammerskins) for racial, sexual orientation and religious discrimination

A new ground of discrimination, discrimination of persons with disabilities in the workplace, social advantages on the grounds of age, disability, and social status

Broader employment opportunities and services for persons with disabilities in the labour market, as well as abolition of the status of social enterprises

Publication date: 22 August 2022. Topics

Appointment of new Federal Commissioner for Anti-Discrimination/Head of the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency

Are gender-critical beliefs protected under the Equality Act 2010?

Analysis of different key issues in the implementation of Belgian anti-discrimination legislation during the year 2021, and description of UNIA's (Inter-federal Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism and Discrimination) action over the past year

Muslim women's right not to be discriminated against in the workplace during vocational training in combination with the protection of public health

A labour court in the city of Bilbao has ruled that the Administration’s failure to take measures to adapt the workplace of a teacher with a physical disability is indirect discrimination on grounds of disability

Publication date: 25 July 2022. Topics

Conformity of a by-law adopted by the City of Grenoble authorising women to wear a loose and long bathing garment in municipal swimming pools to accommodate religious demands, to the principle of neutrality of the public service and secularity

Are gender critical beliefs protected under the Equality Act 2010?

National study on the needs of LGBTI people and on discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and sexual characteristics

Conciliation measures and promotion of gender equality for working mothers

Conversion therapies prohibited only against LGBTQ+ minors and persons under judicial support whereas still allowed against LGBTQ+ adults on the basis of prior explicit consent

Spain ratifies ILO Convention No 189 concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers

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