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The Slovenian Equality Body hosted a fifth regional conference of equality bodies from South-East Europe

Religious discrimination in employment

This conflict is primarily of a legal nature, namely, the interpretation of Spanish Social Security legislation in relation to whether a person who has taken early retirement due to disability is entitled to a permanent Severe Disability Pension. The Constitutional Court has analysed if denying a claimant this option amounts to discrimination on grounds of disability

Violence against transgender women and girls; Compensation of gender-based violence

Requirement to use the word ‘psych’ on the vest of a service dog

Compensation awarded to a candidate for medical specialisation in gynaecology discriminated against due to conscientious objection

Public signing of the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life by 16 Polish cities as a declaration of support for local government supporting equality between women and men in all areas of life

A column published by a weekly magazine was found to be discriminatory due to its white supremacism content

During the COVID-19 epidemic the authorities restricted exit from the country for 10 days, which was found discriminatory on the grounds of ethnic origin

Prolonged online learning during COVID epidemic lockdown discriminated against children, particularly vulnerable children

Whether denial by government agency to list an LGBTQI organisation among ‘family organisations’ can be regarded as a disadvantage in itself, and what comparator a complainant claiming discrimination based on sexual orientation must use to prove that it has suffered a disadvantage

Discrimination on the ground of religion in relation to the refusal to swear to the pledge provided by law on the ground of the Christian faith, of an employee of the public transport system

Law proposal on ‘Diversity at the top of business’ adopted by the First Chamber (Senate) of Parliament

Publication date: 25 October 2021. Topics

Despite the alarming rise of ‘intimate’ femicides in Greece which has given ground to a heated political and societal debate, there is no political will to introduce femicide as a specific offence or as an aggravating circumstance

Publication date: 25 October 2021. Topics

Compulsory Retirement: justifying age discrimination

Publication date: 20 October 2021. Topics

Discrimination against gay and lesbian foster parents due to the religion and belief of the adoption agency

Discrimination on the ground of age of the conditions of application to the National Magistrates’ School

Publication date: 22 September 2021. Topics

The non-availability of immediate access to forensic services for victims of sexual violence during weekends, as officially acknowledged by the Greek Police for the first time, is in breach of Article 25 of the Istanbul Convention

Publication date: 22 September 2021. Topics

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

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