Number of new discrimination cases at Unia rises by 20 percent
Unia received no fewer than 5,619 reports of discrimination in 2016. These led to 1,907 case files being opened concerning possible discrimination, hate speech or hate crimes. This represents an increase of 20 percent from 2015.
The antidiscrimination laws, 10 years later: Unia highlights the major trouble spots
Unia took a critical look at the antidiscrimination and antiracism law and published a report with 27 recommendations. In brief, Unia concludes that the laws are insufficient for certain victims and do not always have enough impact. The current laws have now been in place for 10 years.
The Achbita case: clarity about the headscarf ban in the workplace
A private company can only prohibit the headscarf for those workers who have visual contact with the customers. That is what the European Court of Justice ruled on March 14th.
Safer Internet Day: Unia to collaborate more closely with European Commission
The discourse on the Internet is becoming coarser. In order to make it a safer and fairer environment, a number of bodies such as Unia and the European Commission are joining forces. ‘Surfers are no longer hiding their racist speech or xenophobia. They sometimes seem to be proud of it’, says Unia director Els Keytsman.
Employer convicted for firing employee due to cancer
Unia filed a lawsuit against an employer who had fired a female employee, two years ago, because of her illness. The Ghent Labour Court (Kortrijk division) ordered the employer to pay compensation of 22,000 euros to the employee.
I have a disability and I have rights
10 years: that's how long the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has existed. On December 3, Unia is launching a campaign by and for persons with disabilities. The message? Defend your rights.
Airline company allows audit of their accessibility
Two disabled people have contacted Unia independently concerning the same airline company, reporting treatment that they experienced as discrimination. The company in question is a European airline that flies in and out of Belgium.
Accord between Unia and a bank to terminate a lawsuit claiming discrimination based on nationality.
Age-based discrimination: an underestimated reality
If you are 45 years old or older, you are far more likely to be the victim of discrimination on the job market. For instance, a 59-year-old man's application was explicitly rejected because of his age. The labour tribunal of Ghent judged this to be a pure case of age-based discrimination.
Unia’s survey on the acceptance of homosexuals/bisexuals: a positive evolution in mind-set even though there is still progress to be made
Upon Unia's request, iVOX conducted a survey among 1,000 people on the social perception of homosexuality/bisexuality and attitudes towards LGB (lesbians, gays and bisexuals) people. Despite an advanced legislative framework and positively evolving social acceptance, the survey revealed continuing blockages among certain groups or in sectors such as teaching and employment.