The term multiple discrimination was coined within the context of the UN World Conference against Discrimination in South Africa in 2001; it refers to unequal treatment related to discrimination on a number of grounds. The General Act on Equal Treatment (German abbreviation: AGG) foresees the protection of persons who have been the victims of multiple discrimination.
Multiple discrimination is said to occur, for example, when a disabled woman with a migrant background is rejected on two or more of these grounds when applying for a job or a flat. Lawmakers have recognized the need to act in this context since the reasons for discrimination are not always clearly distinguishable from one another.
In cases of multiple discrimination, the AGG determines that the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency and the Commissioners of the Federal Government and the Bundestag responsible for such questions shall work together.