Legal basis

“Chronic disease is not an explicit category of the German antidiscrimination law; it is a social-legal category at article 3 and 26 par 1 number 1 of SGB IX. Therefore people who were discriminated against on the grounds of a chronic disease can only rely on criticizing violations of the Equal Treatment Act and/or similar provision in general private law.”

- Protection of discrimination because of chronic diseases, federal antidiscrimination agency, page 5.

People who suffer from chronic diseases require protection, such as people with disabilities. This is regulated by legal frameworks in Germany, in European Union as well as internationally. The cases in which these standards apply depend mostly on the definition of the term “disability”.

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