2015-04-24

Discrimination handling in Germany (1)

September 5, 2013, I was attacked by a man at a bus station. I was carried to an emergency room.

At that day, my view to discrimination problems has changed. I became a person who cares about such problem, at least more than that day. I believe cooperation is better than hating each other.

Even though I have a small motivation to tackle this problem,  my heart is on education. I believe naively (you could say) that education is a possibility to improve the world. Therefore, my main project is always on education. But, discrimination problems somewhat remain inside of me. That made me to have a few sub-projects of them.

This article is one of them. I asked my friends that how discrimination problems are handled in Germany.

Introduction

This report introduces an overview of discrimination problem handling in Germany, especially in a company and a university.

First, we see the overview of the German law in Section 2. The human dignity is the most important in the German basic law and discrimination affects the dignity of others. Therefore, discrimination is a crime in Germany.

In Section 3, we see an overview of the historical background of the discrimination problem in Europa.

In Section 4, we see how discrimination problems are handled in Germany.  Each city that has more than 10,000 inhabitants needs payed equal opportunity officers, and these officers handle the problems. A discrimination is a felony crime, therefore, the police must handle them.

In Section 5, we see how discrimination problems are handled in German companies. Companies themselves must not perform illegal activities. One of the organization called Betriebsrat (works council) responds to the problems in a company if it is established. A works council is an in-company organization, so handles company-internal wcases. Trade unions also handle discrimination problems across the companies they represent.

In Section 6, we see how discrimination problems are handled in German universities. Universities have a payed responsible person for equality problems. Some universities have offices for this if the size of university is large.

In Section 7, we see examples of discrimination in real life, examples of equal opportunity offices, and news articles of an example case.

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