Submit information and Complaints
This text describes which types of information and complaints you can submit to DO, how you go about this and how we use the information.
DO receives information and complaints about discrimination, risks of discrimination and deficiencies in employers' and education providers' efforts to prevent discrimination.
Your information or complaint is important to our efforts to tackle discrimination. With the help of the information you provide, we can identify problems within various parts of society where we need to take action in order to drive improvements, provide guidance and increase knowledge about risks of discrimination, or where we need to take action in order to influence legislation.
In other words, we use the information to ensure in various ways that the law is complied with, not primarily to resolve situations for individual people. The information may be included in what is known as a supervisory investigation and, in a limited number of cases, lead to court proceedings.
Only a small proportion of the information and complaints received lead to investigations and decisions.
The online form is in Swedish, but you can fill the form in any language you want.
Which types of information and complaints can be submitted to DO?
Here are some examples of the types of information and complaints you can submit to DO:
- a landlord who uses a queue system that may lead to people being rejected in a manner that is linked to ethnicity or disability
- a school that has no guidelines and procedures for preventing harassment, sexual harassment and reprisals, or where the efforts to prevent harassment and sexual harassment are deficient in some other way
- an employer who does not conduct an annual pay survey
- that an employer does not invite you to a job interview when you have applied for a job and this is linked to your sex or religion
- that you or someone else was reassigned to lesser duties at work in connection with parental leave
- an employer or education provider who did not investigate or remedy incidents in which you or someone else experienced harassment or sexual harassment
- you or someone else being punished for having talked about or reported discrimination (reprisals).
You can submit information or complaints about various types of incident that may involve your or someone else's experiences of discrimination. You can inform us about employers or education providers who are not complying with legal requirements concerning the prevention of discrimination or about organisations that are working in a way that risks leading to discrimination as per its legal definition.
Types of information and complaints that should not be submitted to DO
Not all unfair treatment is discrimination. Here are some examples of the types of information and complaints you should not submit to us:
- A neighbour or unknown person shouting abuse at you on the street.
- If you experience other victimisation that is not linked to sex, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation or age (for example, political views are not covered by the Discrimination Act).
- If someone is making threats or disparaging statements against a certain ethnic group (hate speech).
Do you have any questions?
If you have further questions, you can search among our questions and answers (in swedish).
You can also contact DO's information service. They can answer questions about
- the Discrimination Act, the prohibition against disadvantaging a person who is on parental leave or other provisions relating to discrimination.
- DO's remit and how we work.
DO's information service cannot
- answer questions about whether someone has been disadvantaged or discriminated against in an individual case.
- make any other assessments of individual cases.
As of 14 April 2020, DO's telephone information service is closed until further notice due to a lack of resources as a result of coronavirus (Covid-19). You are welcome to contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will answer your questions.
If you have a disability that prevents you from writing to us by email, you can contact us in other ways. It may be via telephone or by contacting us with the aid of an interpretation service. Call our switchboard on +46 8-120 20 700.
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