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Every person is protected from discrimination on grounds of race, ethnic origin, gender, disability, religion, belief or philosophy of life, age, or sexual orientation.
Discrimination means treating one person worse than another person due to, for instance a disability they have or their origin.
This protection applies regardless of residence status.
This protection is based on Germany’s General Equal Treatment Act (Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz). It prohibits discrimination mainly in the world of work and daily affairs, such as going to a discotheque or renting housing.
The Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency provides you with confidential counselling free of charge. It can also help you to find a counselling centre close to where you live:
+49 (0) 30 18555-1865 (Mo–Fr: 9:00–12:00 a.m. and 1:00 –3:00 p.m.)
or you can use the contact form on the Internet.
The tasks of the Anti-Discrimination Agency also include research and public relations.
For new immigrants and refugees, we have compiled useful information covering the various aspects of life in the brochure “Protection against Discrimination in Germany”.