Equality in the labour market

The Equal Treatment Act entered into force on 1 September 2018.

The Act on Equal Treatment in the Labor Market no. 86/2018 explicitly provides for the prohibition of all discrimination in the labor market, whether direct or indirect, on the basis of race, ethnic origin, religion, philosophy of life, disability, impaired working capacity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gendered expression or sexuality. This is important to promote active participation by most people in the labor market, but participation is considered one of the most important ways to prevent social isolation and poverty. The legislation took account of Directive 2000/78 / EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on general rules on equal treatment in the labor market and in the economy.

With a clear ban on discrimination in the labor market, the aim is to promote active participation as much as possible in the Icelandic labourmarket and prevent social isolation of individuals. The goal is also to avoid the views of different racial merit being rooted in Icelandic society.

The Directorate of Equality is responsible for the implementation of this Act and Article 4 in the Act on Equal Status and Equal Rights of Women and Men shall apply as applicable.

The Act on Equal Treatment of Individuals Regardless of Race and Ethnic Origin 85/2018 entered into force on 1 September 2018.

The Act on the Equal Treatment of Individuals, Regardless of Race and Ethnic Origin, provides for the principle of equal treatment of individuals in all spheres of society, outside the labor market. The legislation took account of the content of Directive 2000/43 / EC on equal treatment regardless of race or ethnic origin. With a clear prohibition of discrimination, the aim is to promote active participation by as many people as possible in Icelandic society regardless of race and ethnic origin and to prevent social isolation of individuals for the same reasons. The goal is also to avoid the views of different racial merit being rooted here.

The Directorate of Equality is responsible for the implementation of this Act and Article 4 shall apply. The Act on Equal Status and Equal Rights of Women and Men shall apply as applicable.

 

Thus, the work of the Directorate of Equality is not limited solely to the administration in relation to gender equality on the basis of the Act on Equal Status and Equal Rights of Women and Men, but also on equal treatment regardless of race and ethnic origin outside the labor market, on the one hand, and equal treatment in the labor market regardless of race, ethnic origin, religion, lifestyle, disability, impaired ability to work, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.