Anti-Discrimination stipulation and code of conduct for the real estate sector
Protection against discrimination is one of the core tasks of any human rights work. The City of Nuremberg therefore endeavours to exclude all types of discrimination in its administrative realm, but also tries to set standards in dealing with partners in civil society. In addition, the city's Human Rights Office offers counselling for people who have been victims of discrimination.
With an anti-discrimination stipulation, the City of Nuremberg ensures that all people have access to restaurants, pubs, discotheques etc without discrimination. More …
In Nuremberg, nobody may be denied access to a restaurant, pub, discotheque or fitness studio because of his/her ethnic origin or other discriminatory reasons. Since 2010, the catering licence has included the following passage:
"Discrimination and racism are not compatible with the orderly operation of an enterprise. Discriminating against customers, clients, business partners or employees, e.g. for reasons of their race or their ethnic origin, without justification, constitutes a violation of the General Equal Treatment Act. So as a matter of principle, and according to the General Equal Treatment Act, access to and the service in a catering establishment or a discotheque may not be denied or restricted to any guest, because of his/her ethnic origin or for other discriminatory reasons. Any violation of this law can lead to claims for damages and may also bring into question business consistency under the law on restaurants and catering."
Managers of businesses which need no licences, but only have to notify the Town Clerk's Office, are sent an information brochure by this office, promoting trade without discrimination and pointing out possible consequences in cases of discrimination. The Chamber of Industry and Commerce for Middle Franconia and the Chamber of Trades and Crafts for Middle Franconia also support this anti-discrimination campaign with information.
Housing without Discimination
The second most common field of discrimination mentioned in all empirical surveys is the housing sector. This applies to flat-hunting itself, but also to the situation within a shared dwelling house. On 8 July, 2010, therefore, 22 board members and managers of the largest real estate companies in the Nuremberg region, solemnly signed the "Guidelines and Code of Conduct of the City of Nuremberg and the Nuremberg Housing and Real Estate Sector for Renting and Sale of Living Space", presented by Lord Mayor, Dr. Ulrich Maly.
The undersigned parties undertake to consider people without prejudice for arranging, renting or selling flats.
People with different life styles are to be supported so that ways of living together can be developed with mutual respect for people's viewpoints, culture and language; attention is to be given to the life style of existing local residents.
At the same time, municipal departments are establishing a corresponding support structure, from drop-in centres for people wanting advice, right through to intercultural mediation in cases of conflict.