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Board of Equal Treatment

DENMARK: Board of Equal Treatment

Main Informations


The Board is a quasi-judicial complaints body that deals with specific complaints brought before the Board. It is free of charge to appeal to the Board. The Board cannot take up cases by its own initiative.

Brief history

The Board is established in 2009 and much has happened since the board started with a portfolio of nearly 30 complaints. Every year the number of decisions taken continues to increase. At this point in time the board has developed a considerable amount of case law, and new and interesting legal issues continue to appear. There has over the years been a good deal of litigation over the Board’s decisions, and the courts have followed the decisions taken in most cases. The media have referred, commented and discussed the Board’s decisions, and sometimes the board’s work also attracted politicians and ministers’ attention. The Board has made its mark, has helped to establish new practices and has occasionally given rise to a public debate also on the social media.

Mandate type
  • Predominantly tribunal-type (quasi-judicial) body
Litigation powers
  • Formally deciding on complaints (e.g. decision or recommendation addressed to the parties) legally binding
Communication activities (e.g. awareness raising campaigns)nononoyesnononononono
Other statistics
Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)no datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano data
Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)263no datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano data
Number of media appearances per year (major newspapers/magazines/websites/blogs, TV + radio channels) - does not include social mediano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano data
Additional details

The Board: 1 chairwoman and 2 deputy chairmen who are judges and 9 members who are lawyers/professors who all hold expert knowledge on the labour market regulations, discrimination and EU-law.
The Secretariat of the Board: 1 head, 1 Deputy Head of Service, 4 Legal Advisors and 2 students

Procedure for nomination and appointment of management and board

The members are appointed of The Minister of Children, Gender Equality, Integration and Social Affairs and The Minister of Employment and nominated of the Ministrer of Employment.The chairwoman and the deputy chairmen are nominated of the Minister af Employment and appointed by the Chief Justice.

Number of staff dealing with equality issues
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Grounds and fields of discrimination covered by the equality body
Grounds / FieldsEmploymentEducationHousingSocial Protection & HealthcareGoods & ServicesOther
Gender Identitynonononono
Race and Ethnic Originyesnononono
Sexual Orientationyesnononono
Religion & Beliefyesnononono

Other grounds : The Board of Equal Treatment investigates complaints of discrimination in employment on the grounds of sex, race, colour, religion or belief, political opinion, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, social origin and ethnicity. Outside the labour market, the Board treats complaints of discrimination based on sex, race and ethnic origin.

Mandate covers:
  • Public sector
  • Private sector
Operating budget in euros
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Operating budget in euros for the parts of the organisation dealing with equality issues (all types of functions).
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We are accountable to:
  • National Ministry
  • National audit institution (i.e. for financial reporting)

Related News

On 16 May 2017 the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) published two country reports and four conclusions on the implementation of previous recommendations. In their publications, ECRI pays special attention to the need for independent equality bodies with sufficient resources and powers.


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General Contact Information

Full name in English:

Board of Equal Treatment

Full name in the national language(s):


Postal address:
Teglholmsgade 3, 2450 København SV, Denmark

General email address:


Telephone number:

+ 45 33 41 12 00



Other social media channels:


Languages in which your institution can be contacted:

Danish and english - if necessary we also try to communicate in other languages

Person of contact for media enquiries:


Name of the Head of the equality body:

Chairwoman Tuk Bagger

Engagement with Equinet

Contact Person


Susanne Fischer