The Board is a quasi-judicial complaints body that deals with specific complaints brought before the Board. It is free of charge to appeal to the Board. The Board cannot take up cases by its own initiative
The Board is established in 2009 and much has happened since the board started with a portfolio of nearly 30 complaints. Every year the number of decisions taken continues to increase. At this point in time the board has developed a considerable amount of case law, and new and interesting legal issues continue to appear. There has over the years been a good deal of litigation over the Board’s decisions, and the courts have followed the decisions taken in most cases. The media have referred, commented and discussed the Board’s decisions, and sometimes the board’s work also attracted politicians and ministers’ attention. The Board has made its mark, has helped to establish new practices and has occasionally given rise to a public debate also on the social media.
From ANNUAL REPORT 2013
Predominantly tribunal-type (quasi-judicial) body
|Activities aimed at supporting vulnerable groups ( e.g. through trainings )|
|Activities aimed at supporting duty bearers such as employers and service providers (e.g. through trainings, guidance material, practical support, etc.)|
|Communication activities (e.g. awareness raising campaigns)|
|Recommendations on discrimination issues|
|Publications and reports|
|Research projects (including surveys)|
|Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)|
|Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)||263|
|Number of media appearances per year (major newspapers/magazines/websites/blogs, TV + radio channels) - does not include social media|
The Board: 1 chairwoman and 2 deputy chairmen who are judges and 9 members who are lawyers/professors who all hold expert knowledge on the labour market regulations, discrimination and EU-law.
The Secretariat of the Board: 1 head, 1 Deputy Head of Service, 4 Legal Advisors and 2 students
The members are appointed of The Minister of Children, Gender Equality, Integration and Social Affairs and The Minister of Employment and nominated of the Ministrer of Employment.The chairwoman and the deputy chairmen are nominated of the Minister af Employment and appointed by the Chief Justice.
|Grounds / Fields||Employment||Education||Housing||Social Protection & Healthcare||Goods and Services||Other|
|Race and Ethnic Origin|
|Religion & Belief|
The Board of Equal Treatment investigates complaints of discrimination in employment on the grounds of sex, race, colour, religion or belief, political opinion, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, social origin and ethnicity. Outside the labour market, the Board treats complaints of discrimination based on sex, race and ethnic origin.