International Handbook on Diversity Management at Work

International Handbook on Diversity Management at Work

Second Edition Country Perspectives on Diversity and Equal Treatment

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Edited by Alain Klarsfeld, Lize A.E. Booysen, Eddy Ng, Ian Roper and Ahu Tatli

The second edition of this important reference work provides important updates and new perspectives on the cases constituting the first edition, as well as including contributions from a number of new countries: Australia, Finland, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria and Russia. Countries that have been updated and expanded are Austria, Canada, France, India, Italy, the Netherlands, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

Chapter 2: Equal treatment in Austria: current practices and challenges

Roswitha Hofmann and Regine Bendl

Subjects: business and management, diversity and management, gender and management, human resource management


In Austria, practices and laws concerning equal treatment have made remarkable progress over the last four decades; however, there are still considerable shortcomings when compared with other European countries (for example, Sweden, Finland and Denmark). The objective of this chapter is to provide a picture of equal treatment in contemporary Austria. We begin with a brief outline of historical developments that have shaped the political debates and laws on equal treatment during recent decades. Next, we present an overview of current issues and developments of equal treatment regarding men and women, migrants and ethnicities, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons (LGBTs), age and persons with disabilities. We conclude our contribution with an outlook on the challenges the country faces in order to make progress in the area described in this text. This chapter is based on a chapter in the previous edition of this book (Bendl et al., 2010a) and on Bendl et al. (2010b). The first text had a strong focus on historical developments and corporate practices. The focus of this text is on the current legal and political situation and debates regarding equal treatment in Austria.

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