The General Act on Equal Treatment prohibits discrimination on the following grounds:
Anyone who believes they have suffered discrimination on one of the above-mentioned grounds can turn to the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency for help. The Agency can provide information and advice on the current legal situation and indicate what options are available for asserting the right to non-discrimination. Upon request, the Agency can also provide those seeking help with the contact details of regional advisory services or institutions that can provide support in specific cases. In addition, it can provide help in seeking an amicable settlement in contested cases.
As well as those who have been personally affected by discrimination, businesses, associations, trade unions, the academic community and other people interested in the topic can approach the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency for information. The Agency wants to make it easier for people to implement the new legislation.