Tasks of the Equal Opportunity Officer
The equal opportunity officers promote and control the execution of the equality law, which, at the universities, applies to the (female and male) non-academic but science supporting personnel.
The essential aim of this law is the realisation of equality between women and men working in the public service sector (while respecting the priority of ability, qualification and professional performance). This aim is sought to be met by:
- increasing the number of women working in fields in which significantly less women than men are employed and thus achieving a more balanced share of women;
- securing equal opportunities for women and men (e.g. by means of training measures);
- improving the compatibility of family and work for women and men (with the help of part-time schemes, telework, childcare);
- working towards the equal participation of women and men in committees.
As part of their responsibility, the equal opportunity officers are involved in all affairs which are of importance for gender equality and its insurance as well as the compatibility of family and work. Moreover, the equal opportunity officers are responsible for advising people on questions regarding gender equality and, in individual cases, supporting employees. Employees can directly contact the equal opportunity officers.
The equal opportunity officers have direct right of recitation at the head of department, which supports them in accomplishing their tasks. They can also directly contact the Bavarian Federal State Commissioner for data protection. In order for the equal opportunity officers to do their job, they must be informed in time and in detail. Necessary documents must be presented to them in time and they should be provided with information if requested. Please involve the equal opportunity officers in gender-related projects at the earliest possible convenience. If requested by persons concerned, the equal opportunity officers can be included in personnel matters and job interviews and- provided that there is substantial evidence - in case the equality law was not observed. The equal opportunity officers and the employees, who have been assigned to them for support, are obliged to discretion regarding personal data and other confidential matters even beyond their term in office. Personnel files may only be consulted with consent by the person concerned.
The academic institutions of FHWS support the equal opportunity officer in fulfilling her tasks, inform her of gender-related processes in time and in detail and involve her in the processes.