Women in Berlin, Germany, will soon be able to swim topless in the city’s public swimming pools after the local government changed rules in response to a discrimination complaint from a woman.
According to a statement from the Berlin Senate for Justice, Diversity and Anti-Discrimination, the unidentified woman turned to the Senate’s ombudsman’s office for equal treatment and demanded that women, like men, be able to swim topless.
In response to the complaint and the ombudsman’s involvement in the matter, Berliner Baderbetriebe, which runs the city’s public pools, decided to change its clothing rules, the statement said.
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“The Office of the Ombudsman very much welcomes the Bederbetriebe’s decision, because it establishes equal rights for all Berliners, whether male, female or non-binary, and because it also creates legal certainty for Bedderbetriebe’s employees, Doris Liebscher, head of the Office of the Ombudsman, was quoted as saying by The Associated Press.
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“It is vital now that the regulation is consistently enforced and no further evictions or house bans are issued,” she said.
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It is not immediately clear when the new rules will take effect.
But the AP reports that in the past, women found topless in Berlin’s pools were told to cover themselves or leave — and in some cases banned from returning.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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