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Pregnancy dismissal discriminatory

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In Webb v EMO Air Cargo (UK) Ltd (No.2) (19 October 1995), the House of Lords rules that a dismissal on grounds of pregnancy was contrary to the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, even though a man in similar circumstances would also have been dismissed. The House of Lords finds that the Sex Discrimination Act can be interpreted so as to accord with the ruling of the European Court of Justice that it was contrary to the Equal Treatment Directive to dismiss a woman on grounds of pregnancy, where she had been recruited for an unlimited term, even though she was initially going to replace another employee going on maternity leave and thus would not be available for that work.