One of our Swedish correspondents just sent us this note and brief translation:
Concerning our sister nation (broderland) Norway, we are informed by brief notices in the Svenska Dagbladet as well as in the Dagens Nyheter of July 31, 2009 that it is now criminal in Norway to ask specifically for Swedish labor. It is not on record, however, whether it is also criminal to ask for fluency in Swedish in persons that Norwegian employers wish to hire:
Illegal to ask for Swedish labor
Employers in Norway violate the anti-discrimination law if they specifically ask for Swedes to hire. So says the Norwegian Equality and Discrimination Ombudsman Beate Gang in response to an article in [the Norwegian daily] Dagsavisen, in which agencies for “temporary employment workers” testified that employers prefer to hire Swedes.
“It is forbidden to discriminate on grounds of ethnic and national origin. To exclude people with other than Swedish citizenship is discrimination based on national origin,” she said to Dagsavisen.
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Those customers who rely on an “agency for temporary employment workers” must not come with specific requests for nationality, age, gender or ethnic origin, says Beate Ganges.
I notice the article doesn’t mention “sexual orientation” in the list of protected characteristics on the basis of which one may not discriminate. Does this mean it’s still legal to say, “I don’t care who you send, so long as he’s not a poofter”?