Given its diversity, discrimination issues are obviously very relevant to Luxembourg. Possible risks are thus anticipated by implementing a legal framework that protects citizens, both in public and at work.
Are you concerned or are you a witness?
Although it is a citizen's duty to report cases of discrimination when they occur, many people directly or indirectly affected refuse to talk, or do not even realise that they have been discriminated against. This is why it's important to know the law and – where necessary – which public authorities we can turn to in order to ask for support.
Who can you turn to?
The Centre for Equal Treatment (Centre pour l'égalité de traitement, CET) was created in 2006. The CET carries out its work completely independently and its purpose is to promote, analyse and monitor equal treatment between all persons without discrimination based on race or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion or beliefs, disability and age.
The Chamber of Employees (Chambre des salariés, CSL) was established by the law of 13 May 2008. The powers conferred on it aim to defend professional interests and represent its members. Any person working in Luxembourg, other than civil servants and public employees, is represented by the CSL.
The website discrimination.csl.lu contains a section entirely dedicated to discrimination at work. As well as a clear and concise definition, it also states the legal framework and means of action.
The aim of the National Reference Centre for the Promotion of Emotional and Sexual Health (Centre national de référence pour la promotion de la santé affective et sexuelle, CESAS) is to promote emotional and sexual health nationwide through information, raising awareness and training. It was created in the context of the national programme known as "Promotion of emotional and sexual health", which was initiated and supported by four ministries: This centre advises
on various topics, including discrimination arising from sexual orientation.
The law of 28 November 2006 on equal treatment condemns discrimination. This applies to all public or private, natural or legal persons, including public bodies. It strictly prohibits any form of direct or indirect discrimination based on religion or beliefs, disability, age, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership, actual or supposed, of a race or ethnic group.
The scope of application of the law also includes workplaces and living places, schools and the public space in general.