Discrimination against people on grounds of their sexual orientation is a topic widely discussed in European politics. For example, only recently, in Ireland marriage between same sex partners became lawful. In Germany, it is still not possible for same sex partners to marry. They can only enter into a so-called registered civil partnership (eingetragene Lebenspartnerschaft), which is different to marriage in some respects, for example, regarding adoption rights.

From an employment law perspective, employees are fully protected against discrimination due to their sexual orientation under the German Anti-Discrimination Act. This includes gay men, lesbians and bisexuals. Transsexuals are … Continue Reading