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Reduction in sick pay of pregnant worker is lawful

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It is not discrimination to reduce the sick pay of a female worker who is absent due to pregnancy-related illness in the same way as for a male worker who is absent for some other illness, nor to offset such absences against the full entitlement under a sick leave scheme, rules the ECJ in North Western Health Board v McKenna (8 September 2005). However, pay cannot be reduced to an amount so low that it undermines the objective of protecting pregnant workers.