Equal Treatment Outside the Labour Market (Directive)

The Proposal for a Directive aims at improved protection against discrimination on grounds of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation is to be extended in order to cover areas that go beyond employment and occupation. The Proposal does not affect religious organisations. Furthermore, the Proposal contains several special rules regarding unequal treatment on grounds of age or disability.


The German General Equal Treatment Law (Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz - AGG) already contains most provisions of the Directive and, at the time of its adoption, went even beyond the requirements of then applicable EU law. However, several important adjustments will be required, in particular:

  • extension of protection against discrimination due to belief
  • integration of lessors with up to 50 flats