Tag Archive: equal treatment

Damages and injury award because of lower wages for female workers

On 28 October 2015, the Higher Labour Court (Landesarbeitsgericht, LAG) Rhineland-Palatinate (October 28, 2015 – docket number: 4 Sa 12/14) decided that an employer who pays female employees less than their male counterparts is liable to pay the difference in damages plus a compensation award. Any employers not complying with the “equal job – equal …

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Discriminatory dismissals invalid even in small operations

Following a recent judgment by the Federal Labour Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht, BAG), discriminatory dismissals will also be invalid in small operations in which the strict rules protecting employees against dismissals do not apply (judgment dated 23 July 2015, docket number 6 AZR 457/14). In the case at hand, the plaintiff, an employee, worked in a doctor’s …

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Things you shouldn’t tell your boss

Pursuant to section 9 paragraph 1 sentence 1 of the Maternity Protection Act, the dismissal of a pregnant employee without consent of the competent state authority is void if the employer is aware of the pregnancy when giving notice or if he is notified of the pregnancy within two weeks after the employee receives the …

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Gender quota in boardrooms from 2016

At the beginning of this month, German lawmakers passed a law requiring companies to give 30 per cent of seats on a supervisory board to women as of next year. It is intended to increase this quota to 50% from 2018 onwards. The new rules apply to listed companies with a co-determined supervisory board, ie …

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A delayed lawsuit does not always lead to forfeiture

A claim for damages for pain and suffering on grounds of harassment can be forfeited. However, mere inactivity of the claimant will not by itself lead to forfeiture as has recently been decided by the Federal Labour Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht, BAG – judgment dated 11 December 2014, docket number 8 AZR 838/13). The plaintiff, an employee, …

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Man without Hat

According to the Federal Labour Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht – docket number: 1 AZR 1083/12) a male pilot is not obliged to wear a cockpit hat in the public area of the airport during his flight mission as female colleagues do not have the same obligation. The male plaintiff is employed as a pilot by the defendant. …

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Discrimination due to weight?

The Local Labour Court (Arbeitsgericht, ArbG) Darmstadt has rejected a disability discrimination lawsuit against a health promotion company (judgment dated June 12, 2014, docket number 6 Ca 188/14). The plaintiff, a female applicant, had sued the company for 30,000 EUR in damages under the German Equal Treatment Act (Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz, AGG). The applicant is 1.7 …

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Update on women’s quota on supervisory boards

The ministries of justice and family have now submitted a draft bill regarding a gender quota on supervisory boards to the other ministries for internal consultation. The ministries assume that approximately 3,500 companies will be affected by this law. The draft provides that, starting with the elections in 2016, at least 30% of the board …

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Deadlines and their difficulties

Victims of discrimination in the field of employment and occupation are entitled to make claims for damages and compensation. Claims must be submitted in writing within two months. In the case at hand, the applicant was disabled and applied for a temporary job at a swimming pool. The employer withdrew the offer after the applicant …

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Fake application failed to uncover age discrimination

The mere fact that there is an age difference between two job applicants who were treated differently does not necessarily indicate age discrimination.  For there to be an indication of discrimination, the two applicants must have comparable qualifications.   A job applicant, who clearly only applied for a position with the intention of claiming damages for …

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