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'Sekretaerin des Vorstandes' gesucht: Stellenanzeigen und die expressive Funktion des AGG (Hiring 'Female Secretary to the Board of Directors': Job Adverts and the Expressive Function of the General Act on Equal Treatment)


  • Bauhoff, Frauke
  • Schneider, Martin


Das Allgemeine Gleichbehandlungsgesetz (AGG) veraendert die Formulierung von Stellenanzeigen nicht durch Zwang oder die Furcht vor hohem Schadenersatz, sondern durch verschiedene soziale Effekte, die unter dem Stichwort der „expressiven Funktion“ des Rechts zusammengefasst werden. Die Idee der expressiven Funktion des AGG wird in diesem Beitrag geprueft anhand einer Inhaltsanalyse von 332 Stellenanzeigen in der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung und der Neuen Westfaelischen. Im Jahr 2005 waren 47 Prozent der Stellenanzeigen diskriminierend (im Sinne des AGG), im Jahr 2010 waren es nur noch 25 Prozent. Diskriminierende Formulierungen im Hinblick auf das Alter sind beinahe voellig verschwunden. Diskriminierende Formulierungen im Hinblick auf das Geschlecht sind zwar seltener geworden, kommen aber immer noch ueberraschend haeufig vor: Im Jahr 2005 waren 36 Prozent der Anzeigen diskriminierend im Hinblick auf das Geschlecht, im Jahr 2010 immer noch 23 Prozent. Der Rueckgang diskriminierender Formulierungen ist besonders stark bei kleineren Unternehmen (unter 250 Beschaeftigten). (The 2006 General Act on Equal Treatment brought about changes in the wording of job adverts not through coercion or employer concerns about compensation but, rather, via social effects that have been summarized under the term “expressive law”. In this paper, the idea of the expressive function of the General Act is tested through a content analysis of 332 job adverts published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (a national newspaper) and the Neue Westfaelische (a regional newspaper). Overall, 47 percent of the job adverts published in 2005 was discriminating according to the stipulations of the Act. By 2010, the figure was only around 25 percent. Jobs adverts discriminating with respect to age had almost disappeared in 2010. There was also a decline in job adverts discriminating with respect to gender but the share is still surprisingly large. In particular, 36 percent of job adverts published in 2005 were discriminating with respect to gender. In 2010, the figure was still around 23 percent. The decline in discriminating job adverts was particularly strong among smaller firms (below 250 employees).)

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  • Bauhoff, Frauke & Schneider, Martin, 2013. "'Sekretaerin des Vorstandes' gesucht: Stellenanzeigen und die expressive Funktion des AGG (Hiring 'Female Secretary to the Board of Directors': Job Adverts and the Expressive Function of the General A," Industrielle Beziehungen - Zeitschrift fuer Arbeit, Organisation und Management - The German Journal of Industrial Relations, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 20(1), pages 54-76.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:indbez:doi_10.1688/1862-0035_indb_2013_01_bauhoff

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    General Act on Equal Treatment; job adverts; hiring; discrimination; expressive law;

    JEL classification:

    • M51 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Firm Employment Decisions; Promotions
    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing
    • K31 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Labor Law


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