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Tuesday, November 11, 1997 Published at 23:24 GMT



World: Europe

EU backs jobs priority for women

The European Court of Justice has upheld a German state law giving priority to women seeking promotion to public sector jobs -- in areas where there are fewer women than men.

The ruling was made after a case brought by a male teacher in North Rhine-Westphalia who claimed he had been overlooked in favour of a woman.

The European Commission says the latest ruling is a recognition of the deep-rooted prejudices that women face at work.

In 1995 the European Court ruled that a quota system designed by another German state, giving women more jobs than men, was unlawful.

The BBC Europe correspondent says a similar ruling this time would have been a major blow to the EU ahead of its jobs summit next week.

Among the issues facing EU leaders are plans to expand the role of women in the jobs market.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service






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