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SIX WOMEN LOSE MATERNITY CASE AGAINST THE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES COMMISSION

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The Court of Justice of the European Communities has ruled that a maternity pay condition imposed by the Equal Oppo...
The Court of Justice of the European Communities has ruled that a maternity pay condition imposed by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) was not unlawful, reports The Times (p47).

Six female employees took the EOC to an industrial tribunal over a maternity payment scheme that was higher than the statutory rate but obliged the mother to pay back the difference if she did not return to work for at least a month after the birth of the child.

The EOC appealed to the European court, claiming the Treaty on equal pay did not 'preclude' a clause in the contract which made the payment of extra maternity pay conditional on the employee returning to work.
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