Wednesday, March 6, 2013

European Commission takes Netherlands to European Court Regarding Insufficient Protection of Pregnant Women

The European Commission is taking the Netherlands to the European Court in Luxembourg in view of discrimination of pregnant women in the country. There is no general protection of pregnant women in Dutch law which assures that they will receive their job position back, or an equivalent one when they return after giving birth. Marysha Molthoff of the Dutch College for Human Rights said that in high positions in particular, 10% of the women do not get all their tasks back. Five percent have been placed in an even lower position. These results are from a study the college undertook last year. The study shows that 45% of pregnant women had experienced discrimination in one way or another.

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