“The University of Kassel is committed to ensuring that no one involved in university life is treated less favourably, in particular on the grounds of gender, ethnic or social origin, appearance, age, disability or chronic illness, sexual orientation or gender identity, religion or worldview, or marital and family status.”
What is Discrimination?
According to the General Act on Equal Treatment (German abbreviation: AGG), discrimination is defined as less favourable treatment
with no legitimate justification
The term discrimination also includes stalking, sexual harassment and bullying.
Discrimination functions as follows:
A characteristic is perceived
A person with that characteristic is classified as belonging to a certain group
Prejudices about the group are applied to the person
Both the General Act on Equal Treatment and the University of Kassel’s Directive on Protection against Discrimination and Sexual Violence refer not only to discrimination but also to disadvantage, because not every form of different treatment that results in a disadvantage is also discriminatory.
Disadvantage on the grounds of one (or more) protected characteristics without a legitimate justification is not permissible. Under exceptional circumstances unequal treatment in working life or daily business can be legitimately justified (e.g. as compensatory arrangements).