The Discrimination Ban
and Justifications
for Discrimination

2010

in the Conclusion of Insurance Contracts with Private Carriers

- Factsheet on the research project -

A special feature of private insurances and contracts is that they often differentiate on the basis of personal characteristics. Very often these characteristics are linked to the criteria protected by the General Equal Treatment Act. This type of departure from the ban on discrimination is admissible under certain conditions.

Update regarding Unisex Insurance Rates

In March 2011, the Court of Justice of the European Union delivered a judgement, valid from 21st December 2012, declaring differences in the premiums and benefits for men and women to be invalid (ECJ, 1.3.2011, C-236/09 (Test-Achats)). From 21st December 2012, the use of gender may no longer lead to different insurance premiums and benefits. As a result, insurance carriers must now offer so-called unisex rates. At the end of February 2013, the Bundestag and Bundesrat adopted amendments to the General Equal Treatment Act that implement this judgement into national law. (Section 20 sub-section 2 sentence 1 of the Act has been revoked. In Section 33, an additional sub-section 5 has been inserted; it contains a provision governing insurances taken out before 21st December 2012.) The amendments are to have retroactive effect as of 21st December 2012.