Most discrimination complaints made by pregnant women: human rights commission

The Dutch human rights commission College voor de Rechten van de Mens received a record number of complaints about discrimination last year – a total of 4,259.

This is up one third on 2016, the organisation said.

Some 35% of last year’s complaints were made by women who claimed they were being discriminated against because they were pregnant. The second biggest category was related to people with a physical or mental disability.

Racial discrimination, which accounted for 26% of complaints in 2016, accounted for 16% of the total in 2017. Almost three quarters of the total complaints related to discrimination at work.

The commission made 161 actual rulings last year, of which almost half found that discrimination was an issue. The commission’s rulings are not binding in law. has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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