Affected Groups

The AGG protects certain groups of people, who are often affected by discrimination. This includes persons, who are discriminated against due to their actual or attributed ethnic origins or their outward appearance, for exampletheir skin colour or language.

Additionally, the law protects against discrimination on the basis of gender, religion or world view; of disability, age or sexual orientation.

A person can be discriminated against due to several categories, e.g. religion and origin, disability and age or origin and sexual orientation

Race – a problematic term

The term 'race' is used in the AGG in accordance with the guidelines set out by the European Union. The use of the term 'race', however, does not imply differentiation between human races. Such concepts are clearly negative. Thus the law is directed against acts of discrimination that are committed by racist motivations.