Handels-og Kontorfunktionærernes Forbund, acting on behalf of Larsson v Dansk Handel & Service, acting on behalf of Føtex Supermarked A/S [1997] IRLR 643 ECJ

Reports relating to this case:

  • Sex discrimination: No special protection for sickness absence after maternity leave

    Date:
    1 December 1997

    In Handels- og Kontorfunktionaerernes Forbund i Danmark (acting on behalf of Larsson) v Dansk Handel & Service (acting on behalf of Føtex Supermarket A/S), the European Court of Justice rules that it is not necessarily unlawful sex discrimination contrary to the EC Equal Treatment Directive to dismiss a woman after her maternity leave has ended because of absences due to a pregnancy-related illness, even where that illness arose during pregnancy and continued during and after the period of maternity leave.

  • Absence after maternity leave unprotected

    Date:
    1 July 1997

    In Handels-og Kontorfunktionaerernes Forbund i Danmark (acting on behalf of Larsson) v Dansk Handel & Service (acting on behalf of Føtex Supermarked A/S) (29 May 1997) EOR74A, the European Court of Justice rules that it is not sex discriminatory per se to dismiss a woman after her maternity leave has ended because of absence due to a pregnancy-related illness, even where the illness first appeared during pregnancy itself.