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Pregnancy dismissals generally discriminatory

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    Webb v EMO Air Cargo (UK) Ltd [1993] IRLR 27 HL (0 other reports)

In Webb v EMO Air Cargo (UK) Ltd (26 November 1992) EOR47A, the House of Lords holds that a dismissal on grounds of pregnancy is gender-based and unlawfully discriminatory under the UK Sex Discrimination Act 1975. However, where the dismissal is not simply on grounds of pregnancy but is because of the consequences of the pregnancy, under UK law viewed in isolation, it is not unlawful if a man in the same relevant circumstances would have been treated similarly. The case is referred to the European Court of Justice for its view on whether it is discriminatory under EEC law for a woman to be dismissed in such circumstances.