The Swedish Discrimination Act SFS 2008:567

    New anti-discrimination legislation and a new agency, the Equality Ombudsman

A new Discrimination Act entered into force on 1 January 2009 and a new supervisory body entitled the Equality Ombudsman (Diskrimineringsombudsmannen - DO) was established.This law covers working life as well as essentially all other aspects of society. The grounds covered are gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, transgender discrimination and age. However, the new ban on discrimination concerning age was limited to the fields of working life and education. The Government has appointed an inquiry (Dir. 2009:72) to investigate how protection against Age discrimination can be introduced in more areas of society.  Furthermore, a memorandum (Ds 2010:20) proposed the introduction into the Discrimination Act (2008:567) of inadequate accessibility as a form of discrimination  that is to apply to all areas of society to which the other provisions of the Discrimination Act now apply.  The duties and powers of the DO have been established by the Act (2008:568) concerning the Equality Ombudsman, the Discrimination Act (2008:567), and the Parental Leave Act (1995:584). 

The Equality Ombudsman,