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December 30, 2009

What’s Good for the Signore is Good for the Signora

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U.S. workers are well aware of discrimination issues at work.  Since 1964 Title VII has prohibited sex discrimination in the workplace.   Other countries are catching up to U.S. equal employment standards.

A new Italian law has ended retirement age discrimination based on sex.   A good thing you say?  Most Americans would agree with that.

However, apparently not all Italians agree.  Previously, female employees could retire at 60, 5 years earlier than men.  The difference had been justified by crediting women for taking care of the family and housework.

The European Commission found the rule to be illegal, forcing Italy to change the law.   The law applies only to government employees for now but it is likely to be extended to the private workforce as well.

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