Not all different treatment is considered discrimination. Thus, in the case of disabled people, the principle of equal treatment means that disabled people can be given certain advantages. For example, benefits may be offered or special conditions may be created to enable disabled persons to work or receive training. Protection related to motherhood in employment relationships is also not discrimination for the purposes of the law. Other exceptions have been created by law as well. Most exceptions follow the principle of substantive equality, whereby equals must be treated equally and those that are unequal may be treated differently. This means that if people are in different situations in important respects it may be necessary to treat them differently.
Temporary special measures may also be taken to balance out historically developed inequalities.
If you feel that you’ve been treated unequally, please contact the Equality Commissioner by e-mail at email@example.com or telephone +372 626 9059. The anonymity of the person is guaranteed when contacting the Commissioner.