European Court of Justice Strikes Down Affirmative Action Law
The European Court of Justice handed down a landmark sex discrimination ruling yesterday, finding an affirmative action law illegal The German law encouraged state agencies in Bremen to promote women over men, when both had equal qualifications. Earl ier a German Court had found the law consistent with employment practices and promoted equal opportunity for women. The European Court found, however, that it "goes beyond" EU equal opportunity legislation. Even if men dominate a particular field, compa nies can't give equally qualified women preference based on gender.
The European Union Executive Commission has attempted to promote affirmative action for women across the fifteen EU countries and expressed extreme disappointment with the decision. The EU labor commissioner Padraig Flynn commented that the Commission could modify EU employment law so that it explicitly endorsed, "positive action" for women.
Media Resources: Newshound, The San Jose Mercury News - October 18, 1995
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .