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Luxembourg: Equal opportunities

Original and updating authors: Philippe Schmit, Louis Berns and Anne-Sophie Ott
Consultant editor: Patricia Hemmen

Summary

  • Both direct and indirect discrimination in relation to employment are prohibited on grounds including sex, religion or belief, disability and age. (See General)
  • Unequal treatment based on a protected characteristic does not constitute unlawful discrimination where such a characteristic constitutes an essential and determining occupational requirement. (See Exemptions)
  • Sexual harassment and harassment constitute unlawful discrimination and are prohibited. (See Harassment and sexual harassment)
  • Employees must not be victimised for protesting against or refusing discriminatory acts, making complaints or initiating proceedings related to discrimination, or testifying about or reporting discrimination. (See Victimisation)
  • Employers may take positive action in certain circumstances, notably in order to help women or men pursue their career in an occupation in which they are under-represented, or to prevent or compensate for particular disadvantages. (See Positive action)
  • Employees and job applicants who believe that they have suffered unlawful discrimination have various avenues of redress. (See Remedies and penalties)