Women in Berlin will be allowed to swim topless after receiving discrimination complaints.
The decision comes after the complainant, whose identity is being kept secret, turned to the Senate Ombudsman’s office seeking equal treatment, demanding the same rights as his male counterparts when it comes to topless Berlinpublic swimming pool.
The Berliner Baederbetriebe, which runs the city’s public swimming pools, decided to change its swimwear regulations in response to complaints and the ombudsman’s involvement in the case.
Doris Liebscher, head of the ombudsman’s office, said they “very much welcome” Baederbetriebe’s decision.
“It establishes equal rights for all Berliners, whether male, female or non-binary, and because it also creates legal certainty for employees,” she said.
In the past, women who wanted to swim topless in Berlin pools were asked to cover themselves or leave the pool, sometimes permanently banned from the venue.
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Ms Liebscher added: “Now, it is important that the rule is implemented consistently and that no more expulsion orders or dormitory bans are issued.”
A date for the change has not yet been determined.