1. What does the law say?
- the Act on Equality between Women and Men (Tasa-arvolaki1986/609, in Finnish and Swedish, in English, and
- the Non-Discrimination Act (Yhdenvertaisuuslaki 2014/1325, in Finnish and Swedish; in English
In a nutshell, discrimination based on gender, age, nationality, language, ethnic or national background in job adverts and in recruitment is forbidden, says Teuvo Moilanen, a recruitment services specialist at the Pirkanmaa TE office. The Non-Discrimination Act also prohibits discrimination on grounds such as political activity, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or other personal characteristics.
2. What does this mean for job ads?
3. What are the most common mistakes?
4. Where can employers get advice?
5. What can job seekers do if they encounter discrimination?
Similarly, both institutions can give help and advice to job seekers who have spotted discriminating content in a job ad. If you notice such content on the TE pages, you should report it to us, says Moilanen. The TE office will look into the issue and if necessary edit and remove the job ad. In such cases, TE also contacts the employer to clarify the issue.
AVI can also make further inquiries into such issues and give guidance to employees. If necessary, we can even force the employer to stop posting discriminating job ads, adds Petra Saarenmaa.
Further information and resources:
Equality.fi: Materials and information on legislation and diversity issues for all concered with non-discrimination (in Finnish, Swedish and English).
Non-Discrimination Ombudsman: An independent authority which provides information and advice on non-discrimination (but cannot investigate cases of discrimination) in a wide range of languages.