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Let’s make it work

The European Union was founded on the principle of equality. No matter your sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation, you have the right to be treated equally when looking for a job and, once at work, in decisions around promotions, pay, and working hours. 

We are here to support you and to ensure that you are treated equally. Discrimination – from your boss, colleagues, hiring managers or anyone else – has no place in the working world and we are actively working to put an end to it.

Why do we need to take action on equality in the EU?

5.23 million

women in the EU feel they are being discriminated against at work


of persons with disabilities are employed, compared to 75% of persons without disabilities


of LGBTI people surveyed across Europe experienced discrimination or harassment

How are we taking action?


of all director posts should be occupied by women (as the under-represented gender) by the end of June 2026 according to an EU law

6 million

older people benefitted from the ESF budget between 2007 and 2013

84 billion

from ESF+ investments will contribute to gender equality

Starting with the same chances as everyone else

Equal opportunities to progress in your career

Competing on a level-playing field

Fair work and effective social protection