Crackdown on workplace discrimination

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4 August 2005, BRUSSELS — Discrimination in businesses and organisations can be better supervised since Wednesday, when 220 social inspectors were authorised to keep tabs on issues of racism or gender inequality. The inspectors will be authorised to investigate discrimination and racism in the workplace on their own initiative or after an official complaint has been lodged. If arbitration fails to resolve the issue, the inspectors can write up a ticket, opening up the possibility of criminal proceedings a

4 August 2005

BRUSSELS — Discrimination in businesses and organisations can be better supervised since Wednesday, when 220 social inspectors were authorised to keep tabs on issues of racism or gender inequality.
 
The inspectors will be authorised to investigate discrimination and racism in the workplace on their own initiative or after an official complaint has been lodged.
 
If arbitration fails to resolve the issue, the inspectors can write up a ticket, opening up the possibility of criminal proceedings against culprits, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported on Thursday.

While evidence will remain hard to compile, when a ticket is written up, the facts described will be considered definite until proven otherwise.

The head consultant at the social legislation supervisory office, Ludo Beck, said the inspectors have undergone good training in recent months. The new task is in addition to current responsibilities.

Beck said the supervisory office — which conducted 42,000 inspections on labour laws last year — had only been waiting for final approval to initiate the anti-discrimination scheme.
 
The inspections will not only concentrate on issues of racism, but will also investigate sex discrimination and age discrimination.

Complaints were lodged in the past with the equal-opportunity centre CGKR and that will remain the same in future. The centre said it will only take court action if the discrimination is flagrant and an illustrative breach of regulations.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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