The firm promotes equality between women and men and wishes to help clients recognize and respect their rights to equality.
In Switzerland, the Gender Equality Act has the aim of furthering true equality between women and men. Employees must not be discriminated against on the basis of their sex, whether directly or indirectly, including on the basis of their marital status, their family situation or, in the case of female employees, of pregnancy. This prohibition applies in particular to hiring, allocation of duties, setting of working conditions, pay, basic and advanced training, promotion and dismissal.
Sexual harassment is also prohibited under Swiss law. Any harassing behaviour of a sexual nature or other behaviour related to the person’s sex that adversely affects the dignity of women or men in the workplace is discriminatory. Such behaviour includes in particular threats, the promise of advantages, the use of coercion and the exertion of pressure in order to obtain favours of a sexual nature.
Anyone who is the victim of discrimination may apply to the court or to the administrative authority for an order:
a. prohibiting or stopping threatened discrimination;
b. requiring existing discrimination to cease;
c. confirming that discrimination is taking place if it is continuing to have a disruptive effect;
d. for the payment of any salary due.
We will gladly advise you of your rights if you feel discriminated.