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E.U. Court Rules Maternity Leave Equals Less Pay

Law360 (October 3, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a controversial twist on gender equality laws in the workplace, Europe’s highest court ruled on Tuesday that time taken off during maternity could lessen a woman’s ability to earn the same wage as male colleagues.

The issue came to the court’s attention after a female health inspector in the United Kingdom won a case against the U.K. Health Service in 2001, arguing that her pay was far less than what was received by male equivalents.

At the date of her claim, Bernadette Cadman had been...
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