Gay Workers In Civil Unions Owed Marriage Benefits: EU Court

Law360, New York (December 12, 2013, 7:16 PM EST) -- The European Union's highest court ruled Thursday that in EU countries where gay marriage is not legal, employees who enter into civil partnerships with same-sex partners must be given the same workplace benefits that their heterosexual colleagues receive when they marry. 

In setting this new EU-wide standard, the European Court of Justice sided with French Bank worker Frédéric Hay, who challenged his employer Crédit Agricole Mutuel's decision to refuse him the benefits it grants workers who marry when he entered a civil solidarity pact known as...
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