Discrimination and conflicts on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation

Insults, favoritism or discrimination come in various shapes and with different ramifications: Two opposing parties, especially those directly affected, are often unsure about how to assess conflicts and potential reactions.

The Vice-rector for Internationalisation and Equal Opportunities serves as the university’s contact person for anti-discrimination and carries corresponding institutional responsibility within the Rectorate as per § 4 para. 10 Landeshochschulgesetz LHG (state law on higher education). She works to ensure “that all university members are protected from discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion or creed”.

Legal Affairs is the proper authority as per § 13 Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz (AGG) (general law on equal treatment) to deal with complaints from employees who consider themselves discriminated against in the workplace “on the basis of their race, ethnic origin, gender, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual identity” (§ 1 AGG). Legal Affairs is obliged to assess any complaints that are made and to notify the appellant of the outcome of their evaluation.

The contact person for anti-discrimination and Legal Affairs are thus tasked with evaluating the (legal) consequences arising from cases of discrimination. Additional support is available from various advisors trained to deal with specific discrimination issues.

Please speak to one of the contact persons mentioned below first:

Diversity coordinator

Dr Svenja Kornher
Room: E 601
Office hours: by appointment
Phone: + 49 7531 88 -2359

  • Responsibilities:
    • Advice on discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and sexual identity
  • Qualification:
    • Historian
    • Educational scientist
    • Diversity advisor
  • Legal framework:
    • LHG § 2, (3 and 4)
    • Anti-discrimination policy
    • Equal opportunity plan