Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency

The Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency

The Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (FADA) is an independent focal point to which persons affected by discrimination may turn. It was established in 2006, after the General Equal Treatment Act (German abbreviation: AGG) had entered into force. The FADA and its tasks have been stipulated in this Act and comply with the EU directives on equal treatment.

For more than four years, everybody has been able to turn to us for counselling – an offer that many persons took up already. Every day we receive e-mails and telephone calls from citizens who are in need of information. If you have experienced any discriminations, please do not hesitate to contact us, too.

The General Equal Treatment Act is still new, and many questions concerning discrimination in Germany have neither or hardly been scientifically examined nor settled by court decisions. For example, we do not yet sufficiently know who has been affected by discrimination in Germany and what are the most frequent grounds on which people are discriminated against. Therefore, the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency makes every effort to gain more findings on and to stimulate research into this topic. To this end, it has commissioned, inter alia, a representative survey on 'Discriminations in Everyday Life" from which it follows that every third citizen in Germany has already felt discriminated against on one of the grounds specified in the General Equal Treatment Act.

At the same time, the General Equal Treatment Act has not yet been made sufficiently known. Many people do not know anything about their right to protection against discrimination or where they can get help when they are affected. Therefore, the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency constantly strives for the following to be made known: The state based on the rule of law does no longer accept unlawful deprivations. Discriminations are explicitly banned in Germany.

In this context, the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency counts on the so-called horizontal approach. That means any discrimination is considered as equal – whether it occurs on the grounds of race or ethnic origin, gender, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual identity. This is also important because people are frequently not only discriminated against on one of these grounds, but on a number of grounds, as for example "young and female", "elderly and disabled" or "foreign and Muslim". The horizontal approach of the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency therefore also provides a more efficient protection against so-called "multiple discriminations".

You will find more detailed information on the tasks of the FADA at the following hyperlink.