October 21st, 2008

Central Council criticises Anti-Discrimination Act

Berlin – The Central Council of Jews in Germany is concerned about possible implications of the Anti-Discrimination Act (Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz – AGG). In an interview to Berlin 's Tageszeitung, the Secretary General of the Central Council, Stephan J. Kramer, said that the Act threatened Jewish communities' freedom to decide whom to employ. According to Kramer, the Act, although "well meant", narrows unduly communities' options for employing personnel. Kramer's criticism is based on a legal opinion provided by Klaus Adomeit and Albert Meyer. Both lawyers fear that Jewish communities could be faced with discrimination claims from persons whose job applications have been rejected. They point out that the Anti-Discrimination Act obliges communities to legally prove that the job application has not been rejected for discriminatory reasons, although Jewish communities have, among other things, to take into account "special security interests" when employing personnel. (21.10.2008)