Racism / Ethnic Origin
Whether at school, university or work, in access to housing or when visiting a discotheque: Racism and discrimination on grounds of ethnic origin is widespread in Germany.
State institutions are no exception in this case either: As an example, „Racial Profiling“, the praxis of identity checks based on outer appearance, can be mentioned. 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.