In Sarkatzis Herrero v Instituto Madrileño de la Salud  IRLR 296 ECJ, the European Court of Justice has held that a woman on maternity leave who obtained a permanent position with the public body for which she was already working on a temporary contract was entitled to have her seniority calculated from the date of her appointment, not the date on which she actually took up the post on her return from maternity leave.
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