Equal opportunities

Rules to prevent discrimination and to support equal opportunities for men and women with the aim of balancing the demands of work and family life

General principles

The Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine commits itself to the principle of ideological, religious and political neutrality. In conformity with the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany and the legal regulations of the European Union, the institute forcefully opposes any form of discrimination based on gender, nationality, religious and political creed as well as sexual identity.

Violations of the so-called ban on discrimination will be prosecuted under employment law and have legal consequences culminating in the termination of the employment contract or – in the event of stipend holders – cancellation of the fellowship.

Equal opportunities for men and women

The Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine commits itself to the principle of an equal distribution of rights and obligations between men and women in occupational life. Exceptions to this rule can only be made on the basis of phenomena that are restricted to one of the sexes (e.g. pregnancy).

Every vacancy in the institute can be filled by men and women alike, unless laws and by-laws of the Max Planck Society make exceptions as, for example, for the function of the Equal Opportunities Officer where only females are eligible. The by-laws of our institute and all other regulations equally apply to men and women, irrespective of their linguistic form.

Balancing the demands of work and family life

The Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine promotes the reconciliation of work and family life. In addition to the need to support parents in the field of childcare, the institute also feels a growing responsibility towards staff with elderly family members in need of care. In the light of our ageing society, they will increasingly depend on assistance from their employers with the growing demands of the care of the elderly.

To comply with these tasks and implement the agreements of the Central Works Council “Equal opportunities of women and men in the Max Planck Society” of 10./16./18.04.2008 (GBV Gleichstellung), family-friendly working hours are offered that can be arranged in a flexible manner regarding the total amount of working hours, their distribution during the day and the location of the workplace.

For babies and toddlers up to the age of three  - and in exceptional cases also beyond that age - the institute offers a childcare facility on its premises. Furthermore, all the agreements of the Central Works Council intended to help employees balance the demands of work and family life have been implemented.

Binding decision of the Board of Directors of the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine

 

 
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