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Denmark: Equal opportunities

Updating author: Lise Lauridsen, Bech-Bruun
Consultant editor: Mette Søsted
Original author: Yvonne Frederiksen, Norrbom Vinding


  • Discrimination in employment is prohibited on various grounds. (See General)
  • Difference in treatment on the prohibited grounds is permitted in certain circumstances. (See Exemptions)
  • Harassment and sexual harassment are deemed to constitute unlawful discrimination. (See Harassment and sexual harassment)
  • Employees must not be subject to difference in treatment as a result of having made a complaint of discrimination or sought equal treatment. (See Victimisation)
  • Although positive action measures are generally prohibited, employers are to a certain extent permitted to treat job applicants or employees differently for the purposes of increasing the employment opportunities of older people and people with disabilities. (See Positive action)
  • Employees or job applicants who believe that they have suffered unlawful discrimination in employment can claim financial compensation from the employer through various channels. (See Remedies and penalties)