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Equal Employment Opportunity


Please review the information below and then return to the workplace harassment prevention course.

Harassment and discrimination based on a protected characteristic are prohibited under national law.

Applicable Laws

The primary national laws prohibiting employment discrimination and harassment on the basis of any protected characteristic are:

  • The Code of Obligations and
  • Federal Law on Equal Treatment of 24 March 1995.


Protected Characteristics

Harassment or discrimination based on any characteristic set forth below is prohibited in Switzerland.

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Ethnic background
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender

Regional, state or other political subdivision laws may provide additional, separate standards and remedies for certain prohibited conduct.


Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is defined as any behaviour with a sexual aspect or based on gender that is unwanted by and humiliating to the recipient.

Filing a Claim in Switzerland

Employment discrimination and harassment claims may be filed in court.

Potential Remedies

In Switzerland, an employee who has experienced workplace discrimination or harassment may be entitled to monetary and other remedies. An employer may be required to take certain actions to correct or redress discriminatory harassment or violations of workplace safety standards. Potential remedies are listed below.

  • Reinstatement to a position
  • Compensation for lost wages and benefits
  • Damages for injury to dignity or feelings
  • Cease and desist orders

Retaliation Prohibited

Employer retaliation against an employee who files a complaint relating to discrimination or harassment or is involved in the complaint process is unlawful.

The information contained on this page is for informational purposes only.
It does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice.