All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. This means, among other things, that all people independently of sex, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religious or other beliefs, disability, sexual orientation or age have the same rights and obligations. Protection against discrimination is one of the cornerstones of work to protect human rights.
The principal international instrument by which equal rights for all are promoted is constituted by the UN Declaration of Human Rights, which is supported also by legislation and EU directives.
The Discrimination Act
The purpose of the Swedish Discrimination Act (2008:567) is to counteract discrimination and in other ways promote equal rights and opportunities, independently of sex, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation or age.
The Discrimination Act stipulates, among other things, a prohibition against discrimination, and it lays down legal provisions concerning work with active measures. LiU has a responsibility due to its role as not only as employer but also as education provider, with special requirements associated with these roles.
The Equality Ombudsman (DO) is the government agency that has responsibility for the Discrimination Act.
The Work Environment Act
The regulations laid out in the Swedish Work Environment Act (1991:677) provide all activities at LiU (comprising both co-workers and students) with overall protection and responsibility to counteract all forms of victimisation and to promote a positive work environment. This legislation governs also the responsibility of the management at LiU to take measures required to prevent this. The act provides equal protection with respect to a positive work and study environment equally to all at LiU, and it places on all the responsibility to work together to achieve it.
It is important to include a gender equality and equal opportunities perspective into all activity with the work environment at LiU.
Additional emphasis arises from the Statute Book of the Swedish Work Environment Authority, AFS 2015:4, the provisions of which are legally binding. The statutes regulate the organisational and social work environment, and include provisions against victimisation.
The Swedish Work Environment Authority (AV) is the government agency whose responsibilities include ensuring that work environment legislation is followed.
Last updated: 2017-12-18