Discrimination is any undue actual or legal unequal treatment, differentiation, exclusion, limitation or failure to act due to personal circumstances, the result or consequence of which is hindrance, reduction or nullification of equal recognition, enjoyment or exercise of human rights and fundamental freedoms, other rights, legal interests and benefits. Shortly, discrimination is unequal treatment, which has no legitimate reason, i.e. people are treated worse than others solely due to their individual (or several joint) personal grounds. Personal grounds as defined by the Protection Against Discrimination Act (PADA) are:
2.1Race and ethnic origin
6. Sexual orientation
7. Sexual identity
8. Sexual expression
9. Social status
10. Property status
12. Other – categories:
12.1 Citizen of other EU Member State
12.2 Citizen of a Third Country
12.3 Other personal grounds
It is against the law to be discriminated against in these areas of life:
conditions for obtaining employment, self-employment and profession, including selection criteria and employment conditions, notwithstanding the type of activity or the level of occupational hierarchy, including promotion;
accessing all forms and all levels of career orientation and consulting, vocational and professional education and training, further vocational training and retraining, including internship;
employment and working conditions, including termination of employment contracts and wages;
membership and inclusion in workers’ or employers’ organisations or any organisation whose members perform a certain vocation, including benefits provided by such organisations;
social protection, including social security and health care;
education and schooling;
accessing goods and services available to the public, including housing facilities and the supply of housing facilities.
In accordance with the Protection Against Discrimination Act, the Advocate of the Principle of Equality carries out proceedings to identify discrimination and performs certain tasks of inspection over the implementation of this Law.
The Advocate of the Principle of Equality starts the procedure of identifying discrimination on the basis of a complaint lodged by a discriminated person, but can also be done ex officio if the body is notified about the existence of discrimination on the basis of an anonymous request, the request of a third party or in any other way.
If you feel you’re being discriminated against fill the form »Complaint against discrimination« or call us during office hours every working day from 10am to 12am, on Wednesday also from 3pm to 6pm, on the phone number +386 (0)1 4735 531 or 080 81 80 (number accessible only from Slovenia).