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Protection against discrimination in Germany

In Germany, the General Act on Equal Treatment (“AGG”) protects people against discrimination – regardless of their immigration or residency status. 

The AGG tries to prevent and eliminate discrimination of people on the basis of ethnic background, gender, religion or ideology, a disability (for the purpose of the AGG, this also includes an HIV infection), age and sexual identity.

The AGG applies most of all to people’s working lives, for example during application and hiring procedures, with regard to payment or membership in an organization representing employees’ interests. The AGG also applies in certain cases in day-to-day life – for example, when renting a flat, visiting a disco, using public transport or opening a bank account.