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What is discrimination?

Following Sweden's Discrimination Act, Luleå University of Technology has zero tolerance for all forms of discrimination and harassment.

Luleå University of Technology has zero tolerance for all forms of discrimination and harassment and it is based on the Discrimination Act. The Discrimination Act describes what constitutes discrimination, who is subjected to discrimination and from whom. The law requires that Luleå University of Technology must counteract discrimination and harassment, and work actively to promote equal treatment and equal rights. Discrimination occurs when someone treats another person worse than another in a comparable situation, due to one of the grounds of discrimination:

  • sex
  • transgender identity or expression
  • ethnicity
  • religion or other belief
  • disability
  • sexual orientation
  • age

Direct discrimination can, for example, mean that a student receives lower grades than other students in the same group work because of ethnicity. Another example is if an employee is denied promotion due to gender or sexual orientation or because they have taken time off work for parental leave.

Lack of accessibility is discriminatory because a person with a disability is disadvantaged and cannot be in a comparable situation as people without a disability.