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Anti-discrimination at the HTW Dresden

In the legal sense, discrimination is any unjustified equal treatment based on the following characteristics:

  • Gender
  • Ethnic origin
  • Social origin
  • age
  • Disability or illness
  • Sexual orientation
  • Religion or belief

When assessing cases of discrimination, the result is decisive, not the motive (thoughtlessness, intent, general processes, etc.).

Forms of discrimination

Direct discrimination occurs when a person is treated less favorably than another person in a comparable situation experiences, has experienced or would experience because of one of the above-mentioned characteristics.

 

Indirect discrimination occurs when apparently neutral rules, criteria or procedures may put persons at a particular disadvantage compared to other persons because of one of the above-mentioned characteristics, unless the rules, criteria or procedures in question are objectively justified by a legitimate aim and the means of achieving that aim are appropriate and necessary.

 

Harassment is discrimination when unwanted conduct related to one of the above-mentioned characteristics has the purpose or effect of violating the dignity of the person concerned and creating an intimidating, hostile, humiliating, degrading or offensive environment.

 

Sexual harassment is discrimination if unwanted, sexually oriented conduct, including unwanted sexual acts and requests for such acts, sexually oriented physical contact, comments of a sexual nature and the unwanted display and visible attachment of pornographic images, has the purpose or effect of violating the dignity of the person concerned, in particular if it creates an intimidating, hostile, humiliating, degrading or offensive environment.

 

What to do in case of discrimination?

HTW Dresden wants to enable discrimination-free studying and working for both students and employees. If you are affected by discrimination yourself, please contact the university's Equal Opportunities Officers/Representative for Students with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses for advice or use the opportunity to lodge a formal complaint.

 

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