Whom should I contact?

Persons who suspect that they have experienced discrimination, or have been unequally treated because of their sex, nationality, race or skin colour, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or views, can be helped by the Office of the Equality Commissioner.

You can send your question to the Commissioner by writing an email (info@svv.ee) or filling out our application form.

The Office is open to the public on Wednesdays, 10am – 2pm, address Endla 10a (ground floor), Tallinn. Please contact the office in advance, by phone or email, and provide a brief overview of your concern.

You can also phone the office to receive free legal advice, Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm. Our phone number: 626 9059.

The Office of the Equality Commissioner provides free legal advice to persons who suspect that they have been treated unequally and to whom they should apply to protect their rights. The Commissioner also assists persons in filing complaints to the labour dispute committee or claims to the court.

Everyone also has the right to apply directly to the labour dispute committee or to the  court for resolution of a workplace dispute that is related to equal treatment.
If a person fulfilling public law duties has infringed someone’s rights or if someone wishes to resolve a discrimination dispute using the conciliation procedure, they can apply to the Chancellor of Justice. The Chancellor of Justice of the Republic of Estonia is also the Ombudsman for Children, who acts to protect and promote the rights of children.
In order for the labour dispute committee or the court to be able to order compensation payment to the victim for the damages caused, the claim for compensation should be submitted no later than one year after becoming aware of the infringement of one’s rights.

It also pays to apply to the Commissioner, labour dispute committee or court in order to have a wider effect on people’s behaviour. If impermissible behaviour has no consequences, it is conceivable that other persons will also suffer from it. In reacting to injustice, we are also contributing towards impermissible behaviour not being repeated.