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Launch of National Action Plan against antisemitism. Decision to draw up a National Action Plan against Racism

The requirement of a physical height of at least 1.65m for female candidates opposed to 1.70m for male candidates for entry to the Port Police constitutes an indirect discrimination on the grounds of sex

Publication date: 21 February 2022. Topics

Wearing of a face mask as a requirement for obtaining goods and services

Decision from the Equality Tribunal concerning access to goods and services and ICT

The requirement of a physical height of at least 1.70m, whatever the sex of the candidates, for entry to the police school constitutes an indirect discrimination on the grounds of sex

Dismissal of a cleaner by a Municipality considered by Ombudsman as violation of the equal treatment legislation on the ground of age

Publication date: 15 February 2022. Topics

The adoption of the National Action Plan for LGBTI+ persons, 2021-2027

Permanent ban on blood donation by men who have had sex with men found to be discriminatory based on sexual orientation and gender

The Supreme Administrative Court decided that the airline’s duty for reasonable accommodation for a disabled person can extend to offering several seats for reduced price

Venice Commission expresses concerns regarding certain elements of merging the Equal Treatment Authority into the Ombudsman’s Office, including the legislative process, the merger’s impact on financial and human resources and its procedural consequences

Publication date: 14 February 2022. Topics

Maternity allowance as in force for female employees extended by analogy to female salaried lawyers retrospectively since 1 January 2017

Publication date: 1 February 2022. Topics

The adoption of the National Action Plan for equality, inclusion and the participation of Roma and Egyptian people for the period of 2021-2025

Islamic headscarf and limits of justified unequal treatment on the ground of religion

The introduction of the obligation to register pregnancy in the electronic Medical Information System by providers of health services raises concerns whether this tool will not be used to strengthen female reproductive control

Publication date: 1 February 2022. Topics

Discrimination on the ground of disability by legislative omission

The Administrative Court finds in favour of the respondent in a religious discrimination case in the field of marketing services

The Constitutional Court found that a unilateral decision to dismiss an employee who is eligible for old age pension is unconstitutional

Publication date: 18 January 2022. Topics

Equal treatment between female and male health insurance policyholders

Publication date: 18 January 2022. Topics

The Commissioner for Fundamental Rights found the complaint of a trans-identifying employee who had been denied access to the women’s bathroom partially justified

Publication date: 17 January 2022. Topics

Further consequences of restriction of reproductive rights

In the context of the alarming rise of domestic violence and femicides, the social outcry for ineffective management of complaints led to the adoption of new directives for police officers and prosecutors

Publication date: 12 January 2022. Topics

Whether inaction by the relevant Ministry to take measures against a systemic failure resulting in the overrepresentation of Roma children being removed from their families by child protection authorities amounts to discrimination

The Slovenian Equality Body hosted a fifth regional conference of equality bodies from South-East Europe

Religious discrimination in employment

This conflict is primarily of a legal nature, namely, the interpretation of Spanish Social Security legislation in relation to whether a person who has taken early retirement due to disability is entitled to a permanent Severe Disability Pension. The Constitutional Court has analysed if denying a claimant this option amounts to discrimination on grounds of disability

Violence against transgender women and girls; Compensation of gender-based violence

Requirement to use the word ‘psych’ on the vest of a service dog

Compensation awarded to a candidate for medical specialisation in gynaecology discriminated against due to conscientious objection

Public signing of the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life by 16 Polish cities as a declaration of support for local government supporting equality between women and men in all areas of life

A column published by a weekly magazine was found to be discriminatory due to its white supremacism content

During the COVID-19 epidemic the authorities restricted exit from the country for 10 days, which was found discriminatory on the grounds of ethnic origin

Prolonged online learning during COVID epidemic lockdown discriminated against children, particularly vulnerable children

Whether denial by government agency to list an LGBTQI organisation among ‘family organisations’ can be regarded as a disadvantage in itself, and what comparator a complainant claiming discrimination based on sexual orientation must use to prove that it has suffered a disadvantage

Discrimination on the ground of religion in relation to the refusal to swear to the pledge provided by law on the ground of the Christian faith, of an employee of the public transport system

Law proposal on ‘Diversity at the top of business’ adopted by the First Chamber (Senate) of Parliament

Publication date: 25 October 2021. Topics

Despite the alarming rise of ‘intimate’ femicides in Greece which has given ground to a heated political and societal debate, there is no political will to introduce femicide as a specific offence or as an aggravating circumstance

Publication date: 25 October 2021. Topics

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