Additional legal protection from discrimination

Information material on discrimination in accessing clubs

 

BUG has compiled extensive information materials containing tips for those affected by discrimination and witnesses of discrimination at clubs. There are four different formats available which you can download for free: an info post card, a brochure, a poster and a flyer. Printed material can be ordered from BUG when needed.

Beyond the scope of the General Equal Treatment Act it would be important to include a comprehensive protection from discrimination in other laws.

For many people with a migratory background rejections at clubs still remain a reality. BUG legally supported several lawsuits of racially-motivated rejections at clubs.

In order to tackle this practice in a sustainable way, BUG contacted relevant political actors in Lower Saxony.  BUG further suggested a corresponding amendment to the Licensing Act so that protection from discrimination is not only guaranteed in civil law but also in administrative law. As a result of that, people affected by discrimination would not necessarily have to file a lawsuit themselves but instead, racially-motivated rejections at clubs could now be sanctioned by regulatory agencies.

Consequently, BUG’s proposals were picked up from the political side. Bremen and Lower Saxony are for the moment the only federal states that proceeded to amend their Licensing Acts. In discrimination cases, the regulatory agencies can now impose a fine. In the case of multiple violations the club or the restaurant operators may even be deprived of their business licenses.

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