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Marriage and Civil Partnership

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What is marital status discrimination?

As its name suggests, marital status discrimination is workplace discrimination based on an employee’s marital status. It can occur whether you are married or single.

The unlawful discrimination arises when an employer makes employment decisions based on this status. Conduct may include the denial of employment, employment opportunities or promotions, harassment, unequal pay and/or other negative actions.

Civil unions (or domestic partnerships) provide greater legal protection in the event of a relationship breakdown or death than the legal protection given to cohabiting couples.

Here’s more information on the rights of <married couples and those in a civil partnership>. Please note that common-law partnerships do not enjoy the same rights as married couples in Switzerland.

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