Employment discrimination law in the European Union

Employment discrimination law in the European Union comprises two directives. The directives were agreed by all EU member states in 2000. Each member state was then obliged to incorporate these new laws into their national legislation.[1] The European Parliament Committee on Employment and Social Affairs is responsible for oversight.[2]


The Article 13 of the Treaty of Amsterdam, entered into force in 1999, granted the European Union some powers to combat discrimination on the basis of:

Employment Equality Framework Directive (2000/78)

The Employment Equality Framework Directive establishes a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation. It aims to protects everyone in the EU from discrimination based on age, disability, sexual orientation and religion or belief in the workplace.[3]

Racial Equality Directive (2000/43)

The Racial Equality Directive prohibits discrimination on the grounds of racial or ethnic origin in the workplace as well as in other areas of life such as education, social security, healthcare and access to goods and services.[4]

See also


  1. Chalmers, Damian; Davies, Gareth; Monti, Giorgio (2011). European Union Law (2nd ed.). UK: Cambridge University Press. pp. 534 ff., p. 534, at Google Books. ISBN 0521121515.
  2. "Committee on Employment and Social Affairs". European Parliament. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  3. "Council Directive 2000/78/EC". The Council of the European Union. 27 November 2000. Retrieved 5 April 2012.
  4. "Council Directive 2000/43/EC". The Council of the European Union. 29 June 2000. Retrieved 5 April 2012.

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