Wednesday, April 14, 2010

East German Woman Sues For Discrimination Against East Germans

An woman from Eastern Germany in what was once the German Democratic Republic applied for a job with a firm in the former East German city of Stuttgart has sued the company that rejected her. She bases her suit on grounds of ethnic discrimination, claiming that she was rejected for being from Eastern Germany. Der Spiegel reports as follows.

“Born in East Berlin, Gabriele S. secured an exit visa for West Germany in 1988 and has since lived in Stuttgart. In the summer of 2009, the 49-year-old applied for a job at a window manufacturer in the city. She failed to get the job and when her application was returned to her, as is customary in Germany, she found that someone had scribbled “Ossi” and a minus sign across her resume.

S. is now suing the company for discrimination, saying they rejected her based on her ethnic background. “What else can it mean?” she asked SPIEGEL. “Even the word ‘Ossi’ is not acceptable in this context.”

The company being sued is claiming that “East German” is not an ethnic identity, that the two Germanys were not separate long enough to evolve into two separate ethnicities.

There are in fact regional dialects within the former East. The Upper Saxon
dialect, for instance was (Click here to read the rest of my article on Sphere: Related Content

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