Equality and Human Rights Framework

Know Your Rights

Monday 1 June 2015
News from EU institutions

The European Commission publish a guide about your right to be protected under EU law.

It explains exactly what rights you have, and what to do if you think that you have been subjected to discrimination.

The prohibition of discrimination is a fundamental principle of the European Union. The EU adopts legislation against discrimination on grounds of sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.

This legislation does not prohibit discrimination in all areas of life, but in a number of specified key areas such as employment. EU Member States have an obliga- tion to implement EU law in their national legislation and to apply it correctly.

This guide sets out your rights under EU law, which only provides a minimum level of protection. Most Member States provide wider protection against discrimination under national legislation. You can find out more in the ‘useful links’ section below. 

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