Deputy Ombudswoman Tena Šimonović Einwalter participated on 18 April in the public debate on combatting discrimination and promoting equality in the Republic of Croatia hosted by the Faculty of Law in Zagreb, where she presented the topics at hand through the lens of the work of the Office of the Ombudswoman. Ms Šimonović Einwalter spoke about the challenges in the implementation of the Anti-Discrimination Act, such as the insufficient rate of reporting by the victims due to their fear of victimization or distrust of the institutions, the lack of the citizens’ awareness that they are being the perpetrators or the victims of discrimination, as well as the insufficient level of knowledge of the key stakeholders, from the police and the State Attorney's Office, to the courts and the trade unions. Certain issues stem from the Act itself, due to the fact that not all of the potentially problematic points in the future implementation of a law can be foreseen at the moment of its drafting. The fact that case law is inaccessible and is not being published remains a problem as well.

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After a large company went through the restructuring process, older workers and those with health problems were, in a much higher percentage than other workers, rearranged to lower salary work places. It has led to the lowering of rights of certain groups of workers, contrary to the Anti-Discrimination Act, concluded Ombudswoman Lora Vidović after several workers filed complaints.

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On 12 April 2016 as part of their study visit to Croatia the Commissioner for Protection of Equality of the Republic of Serbia Brankica Janković and the representatives of the OESS Mission to Serbia Jelena Jokanović and Mladen Milanović met with Deputy Ombudswoman Tena Šimonović Einwalter. The topics discussed in the meeting included the key challenges in the implementation of the Antidiscrimination Act in the context of the EU accession as well as antidiscrimination case law.

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