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EOC Gives Legal Assistance in Pregnancy & Family Status Discrimination Case


The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has today (17 May 2004) issued legal proceedings under the Sex Discrimination Ordinance (Cap 480) and Family Status Discrimination Ordinance (Cap 527) in the District Court on behalf of a woman who alleges that she was discriminated against by her former employer on the ground of her pregnancy and family status.

The EOC has granted legal assistance in this case on the basis that dismissal of women upon their return from maternity leave is prevalent and it is important to maintain public awareness to address the issue. The dismissal also raises the issue of discrimination on the ground of her family status, namely her status of having responsibility for the care of her new baby.

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