Extent of Protection
The discrimination grounds prohibited are religion, conviction or belief, disability, age, sexual orientation, real or assumed belonging to an ethnic group. Criminal law also prohibits discrimination if it is based on gender, sexual orientation, health issues or disability, nationality, real or assumed ethnic background or origin, political or philosophical belief, and union membership. A fine, prison sentence or both penalties can be imposed in case of discrimination. The employee can bring a claim at any time during the work contract. The Labour and Mines Inspectorate is in charge of enforcing compliance with the principle of non-discrimination.
Protections Against Harassment
In order to implement into national law, the framework agreement concluded by social partners at the European level, the Luxembourg unions signed an agreement on moral harassment and violence in the workplace. This agreement has been declared as a general obligation by a grand-ducal regulation and thus applies to every employer in the country.
Employer’s Obligation to Provide Reasonable Accommodations
Employers with more than 25 employees must allocate a certain percentage of positions to disabled workers. To help employers comply with this requirement, the State may take over some of the costs incurred with regard to the payment of wages, vocational training, adaptation of workstations and physical access to work, transport and the provision of adequate professional equipment.
Employers must indicate that they will not tolerate any form of moral harassment or violence in the business. They must also remind managers and other employees that each of them is responsible for ensuring that such acts do not occur in the workplace. Even if employers are not the perpetrator of the act of harassment or violence at work, they could be held liable for such an act as they are responsible for the prevention and penalisation of such behaviour. he employer must implement a management procedure to address any issues with harassment and work-related violence.