Sweden

Since 2015, due to the aggravation of the law in Sweden, a lack of accessibility is already considered a discrimination according to the anti-discrimination law.

The Swedish Anti-Discrimination Act was reformed in 2007. Since then, persons who have been discriminated against have been given the opportunity to be represented and supported by associations and/or organizations in court. The representation, however, depends on the consent of the applicant and the willingness of the organization to support the complaint. Plaintiffs decide whether they would like to be represented by an ombudsman or an organization in court.

In order to be able to appear as a representative in court, there are legal requirements which must be fulfilled. These criteria include a fixed number of members of the organization and relevant and specialized expertise in the area of ​​discrimination. The law allows assistance only if the subject-matter of the complaint is within the scope of the association's work. The association or the organization shall not act against the plaintiff’s will.

Only one association can be added per complaint. Parents or legal representatives must consent to underage plaintiffs. This is intended to ensure that complaints are extensively and appropriately supported by the organization.

The association has the right to express itself before the court, to submit documents and to provide information on the case. This basically provides the association with the same rights as a lawyer.

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