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Equal Treatment of Individuals Regardless of Race and Ethnic Origin

The Act on Equal Treatment of Individuals Regardless of Race and Ethnic Origin

The Act on the Equal Treatment of Individuals Regardless of Race and Ethnic Origin provides for the principle of equal treatment of individuals in all spheres of society, outside the labour market. The legislation took account of the content of Directive 2000/43/EC on equal treatment regardless of race or ethnic origin. With a clear prohibition of discrimination, the aim is to promote active participation by as many people as possible in Icelandic society regardless of race and ethnic origin and to prevent social isolation of individuals for the same reasons. The goal is also to avoid the views of different racial merit being rooted here.

Thus, the work of the Directorate of Equality is not limited solely to the administration concerning gender equality on the basis of the Act on Equal Status and Equal Rights of Women and Men, but also on equal treatment regardless of race and ethnic origin outside the labour market, on the one hand, and equal treatment in the labour market regardless of race, ethnic origin, religion, lifestyle, disability, impaired ability to work, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation

The Act on Equal Treatment on the Labour Market

The Act on Equal Treatment in the Labour Market no. 86/2018 explicitly provides for the prohibition of all discrimination in the labour market, whether direct or indirect, on the basis of race or ethnic origin. This is important to promote active participation by most people in the labour market, but participation is considered one of the most important ways to prevent social isolation and poverty. The legislation took account of Directive 2000/78/EC of the European Parliament and the Council on general rules on equal treatment in the labour market and the economy.

With a clear ban on discrimination in the labour market, the aim is to promote active participation as much as possible in the Icelandic labour market and prevent the social isolation of individuals. The goal is also to avoid the views of different racial merit being rooted in Icelandic society.

The Equality Complaints Committee

Individuals, companies, institutions or non-governmental organisations that consider that violations of these Acts have been committed against them or their members may, in their own name or that of their members, as appropriate, submit their case to the Gender Equality Complaints Committee.

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