Sunniva Ørstavik is the current Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud.
The law enforcement role of the Ombud includes making statements in connection with complaints regarding violations of laws and regulations that are within the working scope of the Ombud, and providing advice and guidance concerning this legislation.
The Ombud shall enforce:
- The Gender Equality Act.
- The Anti-Discrimination Act).
- The Anti Discrimination and Accessibility Act (DTL).
- The chapter on equal opportunities in the Working Environment Act.
- The non-discrimination clauses in the housing legislation.
- The Tenancy Act.
- The Housing Association Act.
- The Residential Building Association Act.
The Ombud is impartial
It is important to note that the Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud is impartial in dealing with complaints. The Ombud is an alternative to filing a lawsuit in discrimination cases.
The Ombud therefore does not act as a legal representative or legal practitioner. If you require legal assistance, you should contact a lawyer or a legal aid or one of the representative organizations in the list to the right.
Employers, public authorities and workplace organizations have a duty to work actively, in a targeted, planned manner to promote equality and prevent discrimination (duty to promote equality).
The law forbids discrimination in the workplace on the basis of gender, ethnicity, disability, language, religion, sexual orientation and age. The ban on discrimination on the basis of gender, ethnicity and ability to function applies to all social areas. If you are wondering what your legal duties are, contact the Ombud.