Reduced fine for sexist job ad

08.05.2018 - 17:20
Aktuelt
Reduced fine for sexist job ad
A store has been sentenced for breach of the Sex Discrimination Act after job advert specified that warehouse-based position was suitable for men
Mynd: Savnsmynd  
 
 

The Faroese Court today sentenced a store in Argir with a DKK 1,000 fine plus legal costs for breaching the Sex Discrimination Act 1994.

The store’s management was taken to court after the Equal Status Council reported a job advert specifying that a warehouse-based position was suitable for men only.

The private limited company was sentenced for posting a job advert which specified ‘man’, rather than ‘employee’, for a position in its warehouse. The advert was posted twice on a public website last year.

“This job is so physically demanding that it can only be performed by men,” the company’s managing director and the committee chairwoman claimed in last week’s pre-court hearing.

“It involves too much heavy lifting for a woman. That’s why we wanted to hire a man.”

The prosecution argued that instead of specifying ‘a man’ in the job advert, the company should have written ‘a physically strong person’.

At the pre-court hearing, the prosecution called for a DKK 5,000 fine, while the firm pleaded not guilty.

It was decided in court today that the management’s misunderstanding of the wording of the Sex Discrimination Act counted as a mitigating factor, and the company was subsequently fined DKK 1,000 and ordered to pay the legal costs.

Another mitigating factor was that the Equal Status Council lacks clear guidelines on how the relevant section of the Sex Discrimination Act should be interpreted.

The Equal Status Council says is illegal for an employer to post job adverts that in any way discriminate between the sexes, except for when the job is unconditionally gender-linked.

According to today’s ruling, the job advert clearly discriminated between men and women as a physically strong woman could easily have performed the job to the required standard.

This case forms a precedent in the Danish Kingdom.

Translated by prosa.fo.

Nýggjastu sendingar í ÚV
Sunnudag 20. mai
Hvítusunna
80888
Sunnudag 20. mai
Barnaheimið í Umanak 1(2)
80947
Leygardag 19. mai
Nú er leygardagur - 190518
81069
Leygardag 19. mai
Áðrenn Elvis - 170518
81068
Nýggjastu sendingar í SV
Mánadag 21. mai
Andaktin
81074
Sunnudag 20. mai
Andaktin
81064
Sunnudag 20. mai
Guðstænasta úr Eiðis kirkju
81081
Hósdag 17. mai
Sjúklingahotellið
80986
Mánadag 14. mai
3-2
80877