The report was launched on 11 March 2013 at a meeting of the Working Party on Social Questions of the EU Council, which consists of representatives of the 27 EU member states. The meeting discussed the draft Council Directive on implementing the principle of equal treatment between all persons.
The report finds that in such cases, people and their legal advisors often have difficulties in bringing a complaint of discrimination on ‘multiple’ grounds to court. This is either because of a poor understanding of ‘multiple’ discrimination, or because legally it is simply easier to deal with a complaint on only one particular ground.
“To ensure that everyone is treated equally when accessing their basic rights, legislation and healthcare systems need to reflect the complexity of real people’s lives,” says FRA Director Morten Kjaerum. “People are not just characterised for example by their gender, but also by their age, ethnicity, or disability. Anti-discrimination laws should be changed to allow victims of multiple discrimination to take their cases to court. Anti-discrimination training for healthcare staff is also needed to ensure that people are treated according to their needs, no matter who they are.”
The report shows that:
The report looks at how ‘multiple’ discrimination is legally addressed and examines relevant case law with a special focus on healthcare. It also explores health users’ and professionals’ views and experiences on how people of different gender, age, disability and ethnic origin experience discrimination and multiple discrimination when accessing the health system in Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, Sweden and the UK.
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