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Are there specialised bodies/agencies/mechanisms which receive, handle/investigate complaints in discrimination cases?

Key Area:
Anti-discrimination Legislation & Implementation
Discrimination, Equality
13/12/2011 - 18:57
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There is a system of specialised equality bodies compenetnt for handling cases of discrimination. The Ombud for Equal Treatment (Gleichbehandlungskommission: is competent for assissing victims of discrimination on grounds of gender, ethnic afiliation, religion or belief, age and/or sexual orientation. The Equal Treatment Commission (Gleichbehandlungskommission: can receive complaints in cases of discrimination on all grounds as well, it can investigate and draft (non-binding) decisions and recommendations. For disability cases there is a separate set of procedures at the Federal Social Services (Bundessozialamt), which consists of a settlement procedure. Assistance in cases of discrimination on ground of disability is provided by the Disability Ombudsman (Behindertenanwalt des Bundes:

Groups affected/interested Migrants, Roma & Travelers, Muslims, Ethnic minorities, Religious minorities, Linguistic minorities, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, Persons with disability
Type (R/D) Religious intolerance, Inter-ethnic, Intra-ethnic, Homophobia, On grounds of disability, On grounds of other belief
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Policing - law enforcement, Employment - labour market, Housing, Health and social protection, Education, Anti-discrimination, Integration - social cohesion, Daily life, Religion
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