Employment law cases

Webb v EMO Air Cargo (UK) Ltd [1994] IRLR 482 ECJ

Reports relating to this case:

  • Sick man defence barred

    1 September 1994

    In Webb v EMO Air Cargo (UK) Ltd (14 July 1994) EOR57A, the European Court of Justice rules that it is contrary to the Equal Treatment Directive to dismiss a woman employed for an unlimited term who, shortly after her recruitment is found to be pregnant, notwithstanding that she was recruited initially to replace another employee during the latter's maternity leave.

  • Sex discrimination: Pregnant woman not comparable to sick man

    1 August 1994

    It is impermissible, under EC equality law, to compare a woman who will be unavailable for work due to pregnancy, to a man who would be similarly unavailable because of medical or other reasons, holds the European Court of Justice in Webb v EMO Air Cargo (UK) Ltd.