Section 6. Prohibition of discrimination
Nobody may be discriminated against on the basis of age, ethnic or national origin,
nationality, language, religion, belief, opinion, health, disability, sexual orientation or other
personal characteristics. The prohibition of discrimination based on gender is covered by the
provisions of the Act on Equality between Women and Men (609/1986).
1) the treatment of a person less favourably than the way another person is treated, has
been treated or would be treated in a comparable situation (direct discrimination);
2) that an apparently neutral provision, criterion or practice puts a person at a
particular disadvantage compared with other persons, unless said provision, criterion
or practice has an acceptable aim and the means used are appropriate and necessary
for achieving this aim (indirect discrimination);
3) the deliberate or de facto infringement of the dignity and integrity of a person or
group of people by the creation of a intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or
offensive environment (harassment); and
4) an instruction or order to discriminate.