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Discrimination By Association In European Law


  • Catalina-Adriana Ivanus

    () (Law Department, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania)


The european law prohibit direct and indirect discrimination and harrasment on grounds of sex, racial or ethnic, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation. The question is what is the situation when someone is discriminated on can claim to be the victim of unlawful discrimination because he or she is associated with another person who has the protected characteristic. The the Court of Justice of the European Union’s judgment in Coleman v Attridge Law and Steve Law confirms, for the first time in European law, the existence of the concept of discrimination by association. In this article I examine the implications of this case on all conceps of discrimination concepts of discrimination in European law (direct discrimination, indirect discrimination and harassment). I also examine the application of discrimination by association to grounds other than disability.

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  • Catalina-Adriana Ivanus, 2013. "Discrimination By Association In European Law," "Perspectives of Business Law” Journal, Societatea de Stiinte Juridice si Administrative (Society of Juridical and Administrative Sciences), vol. 2(1), pages 116-121, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:sja:journl:v:2:y:2013:i:1:p:116-121

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    Discrimination; discrimination by association; disability; European law; labour law;

    JEL classification:

    • K31 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Labor Law
    • K33 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - International Law


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