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Norway: Equal opportunities

Original author: Kjerstin Falkum Løvik, Arntzen de Besche
Updating author: Kristine Fremstad Moen, Advokatfirmaet Haavind


  • Discrimination in employment is prohibited on various grounds. (See General)
  • Differential treatment on the prohibited grounds is permitted in certain circumstances. (See Exemptions)
  • There is a general statutory requirement that employees must not be subject to harassment or other improper conduct. (See Harassment and sexual harassment)
  • Employees are protected against victimisation. (See Victimisation)
  • Positive action measures and differential treatment seeking to promote equal treatment on the prohibited grounds do not constitute unlawful discrimination. (See Positive action)
  • Employers must make active, targeted and systematic efforts to promote gender equality within their organisations. (See Active gender-equality measures)
  • Employees or job applicants who believe that they have been subject to unlawful discrimination by an employer on any of the prohibited grounds can bring a court case or make a complaint to the statutory Equality and Anti-discrimination Ombud. (See Remedies and penalties)