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Adoption of legislation on equal treatment in the labour market irrespective of race, ethnic origin, religion/belief, disability, diminished work ability, age, sexual orientation and gender identity, biological gender characteristics and gender expression

Direct discrimination in recruitment

Date: 17 September 2018. Topics

Non-conformity of the decision of the plenary assembly of the Court of Cassation in relation to the dismissal of a child care director for wearing the Islamic veil to the International Covenant on Civil and political right

New housing policy for Roma to ensure non-discrimination and the enjoyment of their cultural rights

Discriminatory treatment against a person by reason of his/ her origin on behalf of the Greek Manpower Organisation for Employment

Did termination of a recruitment process due to the female applicant’s refusal, for religious reasons, to shake hands with the male manager during a job interview constitute indirect discrimination?

The ‘Family 500 plus program’ discourages women from engaging in work and disadvantages single parents, disproportionately affecting women

The City Council in Nysa adopted a resolution which provided for a privilege in receiving so-called ‘care vouchers’, among others to children from married families and families in which only one parent works

Complaint on preventing a mother who was breastfeeding in public. Amended Law Article 99B of the Criminal Code.

Date: 8 August 2018. Topics

The Non-Discrimination and Equality Tribunal considered it discrimination when a credit company refused to grant credit based on the combined effect of applicant’s gender, language, age and place of residence

Burkini ban in swimming pools is unlawful according to two first instance judgments of the Tribunal of Gent

Is the obligation to disclose the cause of disability (including mental) when applying for the job justifiable?

The administration of an aqua park in Wrocław decided that during one day in a week the sauna area will be open to women only

Different pricing for women and men may be regarded as violation of the principle of equality in the light of directive 2003/114

Date: 8 August 2018. Topics

Collaboration, exchange of information and good practices between the National Labour Inspectorate and the National Equality Adviser

Date: 8 August 2018. Topics

Various legislative proposals regarding gender equality are currently being debated in parliament

Date: 8 August 2018. Topics

Balance between the prohibition of discrimination and freedom of thought, beliefs and views as well as economic freedom and freedom of transactions

The new minister for labour and social affairs plans to introduce a “family package”

Date: 24 July 2018. Topics

Act No. 310/2017 Coll., amending Act No. 187/2006 Coll., on healthcare insurance entered into force on 1 June 2018.

Does the use of a requirement that, for a person to be eligible for inclusion in a job pool or access to a temporary job, he or she must have a separate main employment, constitute direct or indirect discrimination when applied to a person with a sickness benefit of 50% related to a disability?

Inadequate accessibility even outside of working life is a form of discrimination in Sweden. LW was refused access to a bus due to his wheelchair. The Equality Ombudsman did not take the case to court so LW turned to an NGO. The NGO took the case to court and won. This is one of the first cases where an NGO took on the full legal risks of enforcing the law

The state of affairs regarding segregation in the Hungarian system of public education

Indirect discrimination in access to education- misdiagnosis of Roma child being placed in special classes for children with intellectual disability, segregation of Roma children in education

Proposal to explicitly include protection against discrimination on the ground of sex characteristics, gender identity and gender expression into the General Equal Treatment Act and court decision on registration of an intersex condition

How should courts distinguish between self-employed and employed status for the purposes of the coverage of the Equality Act 2010?

The new approach of the ETA to reach an agreement between parties to a case could lead to more a satisfactory outcome in discriminatory cases than the application of legally stipulated sanctions

Date: 9 July 2018. Topics

Equal treatment in employment training

Date: 9 July 2018. Topics

Access to the profession of doctor in the National Health System without discriminatory treatment on ground of age

The fiscal legislation provides that the spouses are obliged to submit a joint income tax return

Sanctioning by Greece of the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence

Danish parliament adopted new law prohibiting face covering in the public sphere

The Human Rights Ombudsman Issues Its Twenty-Third Annual Report

Court case on sexual harassment by an employer. App. No: 556/11, the Industrial Tribunal Limassol.

Date: 12 June 2018. Topics

The new Advocate of the Principle of Equality issues its second annual report

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