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General Act on Equal Treatment
(Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz – AGG)

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Übersetzung durch den Sprachendienst des Bundesministeriums für Gesundheit.

Translation provided by the Language Service of the Federal Ministry of Health.

Stand: Die Übersetzung berücksichtigt die Änderung(en) des Gesetzes durch Artikel 4 des Gesetzes vom 19. Dezember 2022 (BGBl. I S. 2510)
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Division 1
General part
Section 1Purpose
Section 2Scope
Section 3Definitions
Section 4Difference of treatment on several grounds
Section 5Positive action
Division 2
Protection of employees against discrimination
Subdivision 1
Prohibition of discrimination
Section 6Persons covered
Section 7Prohibition of discrimination
Section 8Permissible difference of treatment on ground of occupational requirements
Section 9Permissible difference of treatment on ground of religion or belief
Section 10Permissible difference of treatment on ground of age
Subdivision 2
Employer’s organisational duties
Section 11Advertisement of vacancies
Section 12Employer action and duties
Subdivision 3
Employee rights
Section 13Right of complaint
Section 14Right to refuse performance
Section 15Compensation and damages
Section 16Prohibition of victimisation
Subdivision 4
Supplementary provisions
Section 17Social responsibility of involved parties
Section 18Membership of organisations
Division 3
Protection against discrimination in civil-law relations
Section 19Prohibition of discrimination under civil law
Section 20Permissible differences of treatment
Section 21Enforcement
Division 4
Legal protection
Section 22Burden of proof
Section 23Support from anti-discrimination organisations
Division 5
Special regulations applicable to employment contracts under public law
Section 24Special regulation applicable to employment contracts under public law
Division 6
Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency and Independent Federal Commissioner for Anti-Discrimination
Section 25Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency
Section 26Election of Independent Federal Commissioner for Anti-Discrimination; eligibility
Section 26aIndependent Federal Commissioner for Anti-Discrimination’s legal status
Section 26bIndependent Federal Commissioner for Anti-Discrimination’s term of office
Section 26cStart and end of Independent Federal Commissioner for Anti-Discrimination’s official relationship under public law; official oath
Section 26dUnlawful acts by and activities of Independent Federal Commissioner for Anti-Discrimination
Section 26eIndependent Federal Commissioner for Anti-Discrimination’s duty to observe secrecy
Section 26fIndependent Federal Commissioner for Anti-Discrimination’s right to refuse to testify
Section 26gIndependent Federal Commissioner for Anti-Discrimination’s entitlement to remuneration, civil service pension and other benefits
Section 26hUse of items gifted to Independent Federal Commissioner for Anti-Discrimination
Section 26iConditions on subsequent employment
Section 27Tasks of the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency
Section 28Independent Federal Commissioner for Anti-Discrimination’s authority and federal authorities’ and official federal bodies’ duty to provide support
Section 29Co-operation between Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency and non-governmental organisations and other institutions
Section 30Advisory Council to Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency
Division 7
Final provisions
Section 31Prohibition of derogation
Section 32Final provision
Section 33Transitional provisions