Pregnant Workers Directive and pregnancy protection

The Advocate General has given an opinion that pregnant workers may qualify for protection before informing their employer of their pregnancy. In Porras Guisado v Bankia SA and others (Case C-102/16) the Advocate General stated that in her view the Pregnant Workers Directive (92/85/EEC) should protect workers against dismissal the moment they become pregnant, even before notification. The ECJ’s decision on this issue will be of interest because it is generally accepted that a woman will not benefit from the statutory protection on account of her pregnancy from discrimination or dismissal until the employer is made aware that the women is pregnant.

Published: 28 September 2017

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