Fields of Intervention

6. Are there cases that the Greek Ombudsman is the competent authority to intervene for the conduct or actions of private parties?

Exceptionally, the Greek Ombudsman has the authority to monitor the conduct of private parties and/or private agencies:

  • When children’s rights are violated. However, the Greek Ombudsman is no substitute for nor does it assume the role of the public prosecutor, the courts, attorneys, legal counselors, and social services.
  • When a private sector employee is discriminated upon due to gender and/or family status.  The Greek Ombudsman investigates cases regarding unequal treatment due to gender when someone is hired, when the labor contract starts or expires. Also, when the unequal treatment pertains to the working conditions, career development, training, compensation, as well as to the protection of employees during pregnancy, confinement leave, and child-raising leave. Other cases under the Greek Ombudsman’s competence regard sexual harassment issues and/or insulting behaviour in the workplace due to gender.

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