The Federal Authorities
of the Swiss Confederation

151.1

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Federal Act
on Gender Equality

(Gender Equality Act, GEA)

of 24 March 1995 (Status as of 1 January 2011)

The Federal Assembly of the Swiss Confederation,

based on the Articles 4 paragraph 2, 34ter paragraph 1 letter a, 64 and 85 section 3 of the Federal Constitution1, and having considered the Federal Council Dispatch dated 24 February 19932,

decrees:

Section 1: Purpose

Art. 1

Section 2: Equality at Work

Art. 2 Principles

Art. 3 Prohibition of discrimination

Art. 4 Discrimination through sexual harassment

Art. 5 Employees’ rights

Art. 6 Reduced burden of proof

Art. 7 Actions and appeals by organisations

Section 3: Special Provisions for Employment Relationships governed by the Code of Obligations3

Art. 8 Procedure in the case of discriminatory refusal of employment

Art. 9 Procedure in the case of discriminatory dismissal

Art. 10 Protection against dismissal

Art. 11 and 12

Section 4: Legal Protection in the case of Public Employment Relationships

Art. 13

Section 5: Financial Aid

Art. 14 Promotion programmes

Art. 15 Advice centres

Section 6: Federal Office for Gender Equality

Art. 16

Section 7: Final Provisions

Art. 17 Transitional provision

Art. 18 Referendum and commencement

Commencement Date: 1 July 19964


Annex
- Amendment of Federal Acts


 AS 1996 1498


1 [BS 1 3; AS 1981 1243]
2 BBl 1993 I 1248
3 SR 220
4 Federal Council Decree dated 25 Oct. 1995 (AS 1996 1503)

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