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Greece: Equal opportunities

Original and updating author: Christos A. Ioannou
Consultant editor: Costas D. Papadimitriou


  • Direct and indirect discrimination in employment is prohibited on various grounds. (See General)
  • Difference in treatment on the prohibited grounds is permitted only in certain circumstances. (See General exemptions)
  • There are various legal rules specific to discrimination on each of the prohibited grounds. (See Specific provisions)
  • Sexual harassment and harassment are prohibited. (See Harassment and sexual harassment)
  • Employees are protected against victimisation. (See Victimisation)
  • Employers are entitled to take positive action. (See Positive action)
  • There are three bodies with responsibilities for combating discrimination in the private sector: the labour inspectorate, the ombudsman and the Equality Commission of the Ministry of Justice. (See Remedies and penalties)
  • The ombudsman and labour inspectorate are empowered to invite employers and employees to conduct equality reviews and implement equality action plans. (See Equality reviews and action plans)