Equal Treatment Authority
The report analyzes the impact of the abolition of the Equal Treatment Authority and the transfer of its powers to the Commissioner of Fundamental Rights on tackiling discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and on the legal protection of LGBTQI people.
Our report prepared for the Venice Commission analyzes the context of the abolishment of the Equal Treatment Authority, as well as the the legal position, case management practice and transparency of the Equal Treatment Directorate of the Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights and the impact of the merger on the number of discrimination cases reported.
Hungarian Minister of Justice submitted legislative amendments to the Parliament that stigmatize same-sex couples raising children and transgender people, making single-parent adoption and LGBTQI school education programs impossible.
The banning of an LGBTQI roundtable in April 2016 by the University of Debrecen and its subsidiary amounted to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity - decided the Equal Treatment Authority, and imposed a fine of 100.000 HUF on the University.
The Equal Treatment Authority found that a local-government run swimming pool discriminated against an LGBTQ sports club when it declined to rent out two of its swimming lanes for a sport event. The Authority imposed a fine of 1 million HUF.
The Equal Treatment Authority found discrimination based on gender identity for the first time in a case concerning an employer’s rejection of a transgender job applicant.
The Equal Treatment Authority found the Kispest Waldorf School liable for unlawful discrimination by rejecting the application of a boy after his mother told the school he was raised by two women.
The intervention of the Equal Treatment Authority was needed to force the Hungarian Football Federation to change its policy which excluded same-sex couples and their children from those entitled to buy football tickets at a reduced price available to families.