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Equal treatment and pay

This information is provided by Netherlands Enterprise Agency

If you run a business in the Netherlands that employs staff or you employ workers in the Netherlands while your business is registered abroad, then note that you are not allowed to discriminate on the grounds of religion, beliefs, political opinions, age, race, gender, disabilities or any other grounds. This rule relates to:

  • recruitment and selection;
  • employment mediation;
  • entering into an employment relationship;
  • dismissal;
  • terms and conditions of employment and wages;
  • professional education and refresher courses;
  • internal recruitment and promotions;
  • working conditions (on the shop floor);
  • career orientation;
  • (membership of) employers' and employees' organisations/professional associations;
  • access to 'independent professions' (such as lawyers and civil-law notaries).

Age discrimination in job adverts

When recruiting new employees you are not allowed to discriminate with regard to age. Only if government employment policy or labour market policy is involved you may advertise jobs specifically for young workers between 18 and 27 years of age and for workers over 50. In this case you do have to explain in the job advert why you draw a distinction.

If one feels to be a victim of unequal treatment or pay, they can request an opinionExternal link of the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights (College voor de Rechten van de Mens).

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency