It is possible to report a situation to DO if you feel 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.
The Discrimination Act and the Parental Leave Act
The Discrimination Act prohibits discrimination in different areas of society. The law also contains a requirements for employers and education providers to carry out active work to promote equal rights and opportunities and to prevent harassment and sexual harassment (so-called active measures).
Employers and education providers also have an obligation to investigate and take action against harassment and sexual harassment.
A person who has complained about discrimination or reported a violation of the law (for example, by not working for prevention of harassment) is protected gainst being penalised, i.e. exposed to reprisals.
According to the Parental Leave Act it is prohibited for an employer to disadvantage job-seekers or employees for reasons related to parental leave.
You can complain about these situations
DO deals with complaints of violations of the Discrimination Act and the Parental Leave Act regarding disfavourable treatment of persons on parental leave. You can make a complaint even if the matter you want to bring attention to does not concern you personally.
This means that, among other things, you can make a complaint to DO if you believe that:
- You personally, or someone else, has been discriminated against, subjected to reprisals or disadvantaged in relation to parental leave.
- An employer or education provider has not fulfil its obligation to investigate and take action against harassment or sexual harassment.
- An employer or education provider does not meet its obligation to promote equal rights and opportunities and to prevent harassment or sexual harassment.
- It is also possible to make a complaint if you consider that an actor uses a method or approach, or applies a practice, that creates a risk of discrimination.