A woman is shirtless at a water playground. When the 38-year-old was asked by security forces to cover her chest, she refused and was eventually forced to leave the premises. Now she is asking for damages.
The Berlin Regional Court is examining the complaint of a woman who had to leave a Berlin water playground because of her exposed breasts. The 38-year-old demands at least 10,000 euros from the state of Berlin as compensation, as the responsible judge Sybille Schmidt-Schondorf said at the hearing.
In June 2021, the plaintiff was shirtless at the Plansche water playground in the Treptow-Köpenick district. She was then asked by security forces, then by the police, to cover her chest or leave the premises. Her lawyer Leonie Thum argued that this was unequal treatment compared to shirtless male visitors. "The sexualization of the female breast is discrimination."
Judge Schmidt-Schondorf wants to make a decision later today. However, she left open whether this will already be a verdict. It is also conceivable that she considers further information or the hearing of witnesses to be necessary. To the surprise of those involved in the process, the lawyer for the state of Berlin, Eike-Heinrich Duhme, stated that there were no usage regulations for the water playground at the time of the incident. This was only introduced a little later and then developed further this year.
In addition, the security service was originally only used by the district to enforce the corona measures in force at the time. Because other visitors felt disturbed by the behavior of the plaintiff, the woman was spoken to by the security guards. "If that hadn't happened, this unfortunate incident wouldn't have happened," explained Duhme.