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The Court rejected the claim from a Turkish Cypriot that the refusal of the state authorities to permit the sale of her property to a third party amounted to an infringement of the Racial Equality Directive

Mandatory retirement age for judges not age discrimination

Publication date: 15 September 2021. Topics

Whether legislation banning the ‘promotion or portrayal of deviation from [gender]identity aligning with birth at sex, gender reassignment, or homosexuality’ made available to persons under the age of 18 is in line with fundamental EU values, including non-discrimination

Burden of proof of racial profiling in case of police identify controls

Impact of mental psychic disability on the appreciation of the fault of the employee

French Court of Appeals rejects defamation claim against French #metoo launched in good faith for the public interest of women

Direct discrimination in connection with emergency health care leading to inadequate care, resulting in death

This law sets the framework and mandate for establishment of a National Human Rights Institute (NHRI) in Sweden that is fully compliant with the Paris Principles

Publication date: 4 August 2021. Topics

Travel agency refused a woman with a disability to bring her electric scooter on a bus trip to France

Monitoring of discrimination cases concerning public and private sector on behalf of the competent Equality Body

Are gender critical beliefs protected under the Equality Act 2010?

Act 4808/2021 introduces some innovative provisions on family-related leaves

The scope of this Bill is to ensure fulfilment of Malta’s obligations in terms of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the United Nations Principles relating to the Status of National Institutions (the Paris Principles)

Publication date: 28 July 2021. Topics

Equal pay between female and male dominated professions

Publication date: 28 July 2021. Topics

The scope of this Bill is to make provision for the possibility of civil action based on claims alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in respect of the rights protected by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and to provide for further implementation of the said Convention

Publication date: 28 July 2021. Topics

An independent Member of Parliament (MP) tabled a private members’ bill proposing the decriminalisation of abortion, a crime which carries up to three years’ imprisonment in Malta

Avoiding reinforcing gender inequalities in the implementation of the recovery plan

Publication date: 21 July 2021. Topics

Act 4800/2021 on mandatory shared custody for all children in breach of the Istanbul Convention, EU law and international treaties

Act 4808/2021, sanctioning ILO Convention 190 on Violence and Harassment creates inconsistencies with EU law on sexual harassment and harassment related to sex and the other grounds of discrimination at work

On 3 May 2021, the Labour Court of Brussels ruled that the refusal to hire a woman wearing the headscarf constitutes direct discrimination on the ground of religion or belief and indirect discrimination on the ground of gender

The introduction of provisions under which a pharmacist and a pharmaceutical technician may refuse to provide a pharmaceutical service if its performance is potentially endangering to the life or health of the patient or others, may lead to further restrictions on access to contraceptives for women

Decision by the Equality Body on the policy of Eindhoven University of Technology to appoint more women in academic positions

New legislation concerning gender equality

Publication date: 23 June 2021. Topics

Adoption of amendments to the LPD which expands the scope of its application

Economic support for families

Publication date: 23 June 2021. Topics

Age discrimination and admission to music events

In November 2012, the Liechtenstein Parliament requested a review on how the professional integration of persons with disabilities in Liechtenstein’s labour market can be improved by the government. In May 2021, the Parliament received the postulate response explaining why the introduction of a Disability Employment Act would not bring any added value

Denial of tort compensation for unjustified loss of a social service

Restriction on the dress code of a saleswoman in a women’s fashion chain store

Electricity company refused to provide a deaf person with a written offer

Right of women to dignified birth giving free of violence

Publication date: 2 June 2021. Topics

Conflicts between an employee using a guide dog and employees being allergic to dogs

ECtHR confirms the existence of direct sex discrimination concerning the practice of insurance verifications of employment contracts entered into by pregnant women which are considered fictitious by the Croatian Health Insurance Fund

Publication date: 2 June 2021. Topics

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