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Churchly labour law in Germany violates EU law

Corinna Gekeler

Corinna Gekeler

Friday, May 22, 2015 8:40pm

The politologist is author of the book "Loyal Dienen – diskriminierendes Arbeitsrecht bei Caritas", Diakonie und Co." ("Serving loyally – discriminatory labour law at Caritas, Deaconry and Co.") Under the title "Discrimination by churchly employers" she criticizes the dominance of church-owned facilities in the sectors of health, education, and social services in Germany. There, employers can demand "loyality duties" as, for example, membership in the church.

In the EU directive regarding anti-discrimination law the principle of equal treatment applies to churchly employers too. Only in the German implementation they are exempt from it. By this people of different faith and people unafilliated with any religion are facing discrimination.

In a parallel report to the report of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) Corinna Gekeler argues that Germany must put an end to this racist discrimination.