Multiple discrimination from a legal perspective

On 28 February, the FRA hosted a stakeholder meeting to achieve greater clarity on the added value of the legal case for multiple discrimination in Europe, as part of FRA's research on multiple discrimination.

The meeting brought together around 25 lawyers, judges, and representatives of equality bodies, anti-discrimination networks and NGOs working on non-discrimination from different EU countries. Participants pointed out how the approach to multiple discrimination varies noticeably in the different EU countries represented. In most countries, specific legislation on multiple discrimination and/or related case law do not exist. In the absence of specific legislation, lawyers have to claim and prove each discrimination ground separately, a complex and time consuming procedure, which discourages lawyers from framing cases from a multiple discrimination perspective. Participants stressed the importance of recognising the existence of multiple discrimination at a legislative and court level, and to enhance legal and sociological research on this topic.

They also underlined the need for clearer legislation. Since the lack of relevant case law contributes to the uncertainty, they underlined the need to raise awareness among lawyers to increase the number of multiple discrimination claims in court. This would allow courts to set precedents and would provide guidance on how to legally address multiple discrimination.

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