Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency

2008.01.20 Discrimination on grounds of racism or ethnic origin

The General Act on Equal Treatment (German abbreviation: AGG) is supposed to prevent or stop any discrimination on grounds of racism or ethnic origin.

It is only with reference to this ground for discrimination that the legislator has extended the prohibition of discrimination under civil law. It applies to all contracts regulating the access to goods and services, e.g. also to leasing agreements.

In Germany, the so-called Anti-Racism Directive is not only implemented by the General Act on Equal Treatment, but also by a large number of measures of the Federal Government and the Laender to combat right-wing extremism, racism, anti-Semitism as well as violence which has occurred on grounds of racism or of right-wing extremism.