According to the Berlin state government, women in Berlin will soon be able to swim topless alongside men in the city’s public pools.
A woman who was refused permission to swim topless at a swimming pool in the capital filed a discrimination case, which led to the new bathing regulations enabling everyone to go swimming without covering their torsos.
According to a written statement from the Berlin senate for justice, diversity, and anti-discrimination, the woman, whose identity was not made public, had come to the senate’s office of the ombudsperson for equal treatment to demand that women be allowed to swim topless like males.
The Berliner Baederbetriebe, which oversees the city’s public pools, chose to modify its dress code in response to the complaint and the ombudsman’s involvement in the matter, the statement added.
The decision of the Baederbetriebe was “very much welcomed by the ombudsperson’s office because it establishes equal rights for all Berliners, whether they are male, female, or non-binary, and because it also creates legal certainty for the staff at the Baederbetriebe,” said Doris Liebscher, the head of the ombudsperson’s office.
Berlin pools used to urge women who exposed their breasts to cover themselves or leave the area, and they occasionally forbade them from coming back. So it’s critical that the law is administered consistently and that there be no more removals or housing restrictions, according to Liebscher. When the new bathing regulations would go into effect was not immediately known.
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