Uppsala Antidiscrimination Office

We give free legal advice and offer training and workshops about discrimination. Please contact us if you have experienced discrimination or if you have general questions about discrimination.

Legal advice

If you have experienced discrimination or been harassed and you believe it has to do with discrimination or sexual harassment, please contact us by email, phone or by post.

If your case concerns your workplace, is urgent and for example is regarding termination and you are a member of the union, contact your union as soon as possible. If you are not a member of the union, contact us and the DO as soon as possible.

If you are not living in Uppsala county or if your question regard something that happened in another county, please contact your nearest office here.

Email us

Send an email to us at adu@sensus.se Please describe your matter briefly and how you wish to be contacted. We work under a promise of secrecy and you can be anonymous if you wish.

Call us

Call us at 018-661960. Leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible within 3 weeks. If your case is urgent or if it is a matter of discrimination in the workplace you can also contact the discrimination authority, the Equality Ombudsman, DO.

Write to us

Write to us:

Sensus, Antidiskrimineringsbyrån Uppsala

Drottninggatan 4

75310 Uppsala

About discrimination

A simplified description of the Discrimination Act’s definition of discrimination is when a person is treated disfavourably or when a person’s dignity is violated. The disfavourable treatment or the violation of the person’s dignity must have a connection to one of the seven grounds of discrimination.

Sometimes one can feel that one has been treated unfairly but it is not necessarily discrimination according to the law. The discrimination law requires among other things that it is related to one of the seven grounds of discrimination.

The law protects individuals (not organizations or companies). The prohibition of discrimination means for example that employers can’t discriminate their employees, or that schools can’t discriminate their students, or that shopkeepers can’t discriminate customers.

The time limit to report and address a case of discrimination in court is two years from when it happened, but in the working sphere the limitations are much shorter, sometimes as short as two weeks. If you experience discrimination at your workplace you need to turn to your union quickly if you are a member of the union.

For more information about discrimination, please visit the Equality Ombudsman, DO or contact us at ADU.

Grounds of discrimination

There are seven grounds of discrimination in the law:

  • Ethnicity, skin colour
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Transgender identity or expression
  • Religion other belief
  • Sexual orientation
  • Age

Forms of discrimination

The law prohibits six forms of discrimination:

  • Direct discrimination
  • Indirect discrimination
  • Inadequate accessibility
  • Harassment
  • Sexual harassment
  • Instructions to discriminate

Where can you be discriminated?

The Discrimination Act prohibits discrimination in a number of different areas of society such as:

  • Working life
  • Education
  • Goods, services and housing (outside the private and family sphere)
  • The organisation of a meeting or event that is open to the public 
  • Health and medical care
  • Social services and assistance in the form of special transport services and housing adaptation allowances
  • Social insurance system 
  • Unemployment insurance
  • National military service and civilian service

Workshops & lectures

There are many reasons to why discrimination occurs and education is not always the answer or solution. Knowledge about discrimination, legislation, norms and power is, as well as tools for equal rights, however an important part of a long term work towards less discrimination in our society.


ADU offer workshops and lectures within a range of areas connected to equal rights and the discrimination law. Our workshops combine knowledge-based lectures, discussions and activities with the participants.

Our workshops and lectures are based in normcritical perspectives. This means that we link discrimination and harassment to norms and power. It also means seeing how different norms and power structures operate together (intersectionality). Contact us for more information or to book a workshop or lecture!


  • Discrimination
  • Hate speech, threats and harassment
  • Legislations
  • Equal rights
  • Norms and normcritical strategies
  • Inequality in power relations

Material about discrimination

Contact us

Sensus, Antidiskrimineringsbyrån Uppsala

Drottninggatan 4

753 10, Uppsala

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