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Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency - FADA

GERMANY: Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency

Main Informations


The Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency takes on and independently carries out the following tasks, insofar as no Parliamentary Commissioner of the Bundestag or Federal Government Commissioner is competent in the matter: Publicity work; measures to prevent discrimination; academic studies into discrimination.

Brief history

Date of establishment: August 2006, mode of establishment: by legislation through the General Act on Equal Treatment. The agency was established within the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. It is independent in the execution of its duties and only subject to the law (General Act on Equal Treatment, Section 26, 27).

Mandate type
  • Predominantly promotion-type and legal support body
Litigation powers
  • Formally deciding on complaints (e.g. decision or recommendation addressed to the parties) Not legally binding
Activities aimed at supporting vulnerable groups (e.g. through trainings)noyesyesyesyesyesyesyesnono
Activities aimed at supporting duty bearers such as employers and service providers (e.g. through trainings, guidance material, practical support, etc.)noyesyesyesyesyesyesyesnono
Communication activities (e.g. awareness raising campaigns)noyesyesyesyesyesyesyesnono
Recommendations on discrimination issuesnoyesyesyesyesyesyesyesnono
Publications and reportsnoyesyesyesyesyesyesyesnono
Research projects (including surveys)noyesyesyesyesyesyesyesnono
Our institution has a mandate to deal with:
  • Hate crime
  • Hate speech
Other statistics
Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)2174264632022156201321232793no datano datano data
Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)no datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano data
Number of media appearances per year (major newspapers/magazines/websites/blogs, TV + radio channels) - does not include social mediano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano data
  • Single headed equality body (led by director or ombudsman/commissioner)
Management details

The Federal minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth appoints a person to head the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency, based on a suggestion put forward by the Federal Government. The relationship between the Agency and the Federal Administration is that of an official public-law relationship

Additional details

The Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency acts financially independent and has its own section within the detailed budget plan of the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. The FADA decides independently within its budgetary funds in compliance with valid budget law.

Procedure for nomination and appointment of management and board

The Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth appoints a person to head the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency, based on a suggestion put forward by the Federal Government. The relationship between the Agency and the Federal Administration is that of an official public-law relationship (öffentlich-rechtliches Amtsverhältnis).
According to the General Act on Equal Treatment, Section 30, an advisory board was established on 25 October 2007. This body shall advise the authority concerning reports and recommendations to the German Bundestag (Parliament) and concerning research. The advisory board shall also promote the dialogue with groups and organisations in the anti-discrimination field.

Number of staff dealing with equality issues
no data303030303030no datano datano data
Grounds and fields of discrimination covered by the equality body
Grounds / FieldsEmploymentEducationHousingSocial Protection & HealthcareGoods & ServicesOther
Gender Identityyesyesyesyesyes
Race and Ethnic Originyesyesyesyesyes
Sexual Orientationyesyesnoyesyes
Religion & Beliefyesyesyesyesyes
Mandate covers:
  • Private sector
Operating budget in euros
no data2.642.532.993.223.714.284.32no datano data
Operating budget in euros for the parts of the organisation dealing with equality issues (all types of functions).
no datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano data
We are accountable to:
  • National Parliament

Related News


The Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency from Germany highlights some of its work on combating discrimination on the grounds of race or ethnic origin.



On 27 September 2016, our German colleagues at the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (FADA) celebrated their tenth anniversary, together with the ten years of the German General Equal Treatment Act (AGG) in Berlin.


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January 13th 2017

Equinet celebrates its 10th birthday this year! As a celebratory gesture, we have put together a 2017 calendar highlighting the work of some of our members across Europe.


The Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (FADA) in Germany published the preliminary results of a survey focusing on the perceptions of the mainstream society in relation to homosexual and bisexual people.


The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) has published its conclusions on the implementation of its priority recommendations made in 2014 to Germany and Belgium.


Our German colleagues at the Federal Antidiscrimination Agency (FADA) are the next members to take over the Equinet Twitter account (@equineteurope) as part of our #MeetNEBs campaign.


There are, in some cases, serious discrimination risks in the employment placement in Germany. This can be seen in the joint report to the German Bundestag, which was presented by the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (FADA) on Thursday, together with the Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration, and the Federal Government Commissioner for the Disability of People with Disabilities.


Equinet Calendar 2018

January 11th 2018

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The expert opinion prepared for the Federal Antidiscrimination Agency (FADA) sets out to identify the discrimination-relevant questions and categories included in representative repeat surveys conducted across Germany. It covers both cross-thematic surveys (such as microcensus, socio-economic panel - SOEP) and major area- and target group specific surveys (such as the German ageing survey "Deutscher Alterssurvey"). Based on these data, it evaluates existing Approaches and flags data gaps. Finally, the expert opinion formulates recommendations specifying the ways in which discrimination reporting should be developed further to match the scope of protection enshrined in the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG).


In November 2018, a legal expertise opinion, commissioned by FADA, was released on reasonable accommodation/adjustments. The author of the opinion argues that international and EU law oblige Germany to explicitly include reasonable accommodation in the General Equal Treatment Act, and he recommends to do so for all grounds of discrimination.


On 5 December 2018, the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (FADA) published the results of a survey on inadmissible questions at job interviews. The survey investigates the extent to which applicants are sensitised to the inadmissibility of questions regarding the characteristics protected under the General Act on Equal Treatment in job interviews, and whether they had ever faced such questions in the past. In addition, attitudes towards anonymised job application procedures were surveyed.


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General Contact Information

Full name in English:

Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (FADA)

Full name in the national language(s):

Antidiskriminierungsstelle des Bundes (ADS)

Postal address:
Glinkastraße 24, 10117 Berlin
Website: or

General email address:

+49(0)3018 555 1865

Telephone number:

+49(0)3018 555 1855


Other social media channels:

Languages in which your institution can be contacted:

Languages spoken: German, English, Arabic (new); Website languages: German; Turkish; French; Arabic; Russian, Polish; English

Person of contact for media enquiries:

Sebastian Bickerich,

Name of the Head of the equality body:

Ms. Christine Lüders

Engagement with Equinet

Contact Person


Niklas Hofmann