The complaints submitted to DO play an important role in the work for equal rights and opportunities, and may lead to different types of measures and actions by us. Here we describe what a complaint to DO may concern, how you make a complaint and what complaints to DO may lead to. We will also tell you which other organisations accept complaints about discrimination. You will also be given advice on where you can go when you are in a situation that is not covered by the laws DO supervises.
The prohibition of discrimination
The Discrimination Act prohibits discrimination in a number of different areas such as employment, education, goods, services and housing. Discrimination may be direct or indirect. Lack of accessibility, harassment, sexual harassment and instructions to discriminate are also forms of discrimination.
Prohibition against disadvantage to persons on parental leave
Under the Parental Leave Act, it is prohibited for employers to disadvantage an employee or job-seeker who is, will be or has been on parental leave. The protection also covers temporary parental leave for the care of a sick child (often referred to in Swedish as "VAB").
Places you can contact
There are several other types of bodies other than DO that you can contact about discrimination or disadvantaging of persons on parental leave. Victims of discrimination have the option of bringing an action in court on their own. You can also contact a local anti-discrimination bureau for help and advice. If you are a member of the union, you can contact a representative there if it concerns a situation at work.
Your question is maybe about something not covered by the Discrimination Act?
You will find advice on where you can go with your question on the page Places you can contact.
You can make a complaint about discrimination to DO
It is possible to make a complaint to DO if you feel that you or someone else has been discriminated against or disadvantaged in connection with parental leave. You can also make a complaint if you think that an employer or an educational provider does not meet its obligations with respect to its preventive and promotional work. You can also make a complaint if you feel that someone is using a method or an approach that creates a risk of discrimination.
What does the Equality Ombudsman do with complaints?
The complaints submitted to DO have an important role in the work for equal rights and opportunities, and may lead to different types of measures and actions on our part. Complaints provide us with information and help us to make discrimination visible. A complaint may also lead to DO undertaking a supervisory measure in regard to the party being reported. DO also takes a limited number of complaints to court each year.
Making a complaint
Here we describe how you make a complaint to DO and what is important to consider when making a complaint. Before you make a complaint, we recommend that you first study the information found under You can make a complaint about discrimination to DO and What can DO do with complaints?