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Hungary: The use of other situation as a protected characteristic

May 12th 2017

The enumeration of protected characteristics in the law is open-ended, the last one mentioned is „other situation, characteristic or feature” in Section 8 (t). This does not imply, however, that the law affords protection based on any characteristic or situation that might conceivably apply to an individual, for that would render the regulation meaningless. The range of characteristics and situations protected under this concept must be similar to the explicitly listed characteristics in the law.

This publication by the Equal Treatment Authority outlines the concept of other situation and its appearance and interpretation in the Authority’s application of the law.

In 2015, the tenth year since its founding, the Equal Treatment Authority decided to create a series of publications on issues that are of interest to the wider public. The first in the series of Equal Treatment Authority Booklets was published on the subject of workplace harassment and the second addressed the issue of harassment in school. The booklets in the series are available on the Authority’s website.

One of the most frequently arising issues in the Authority’s procedures is the question of how to interpret the concept of "other situation, characteristic or feature” in Section 8 (t) of Act CXXV of 2003 on Equal Treatment and the Promotion of Equal Opportunities. That is why we decided to devote the present publication to a discussion of the concept of other situation and its appearance and interpretation in the Authority’s application of the law.

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For more information in English, see here.