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Swedish lesbians allege parental leave bonus discrimination

Gabriel Stein · 2 Apr 2011, 11:52

Published: 02 Apr 2011 11:52 GMT+02:00

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Despite sharing parental leave, a lesbian couple in Malmö never received a letter from the Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) to apply for the government's gender equity bonus.

Now the Malmö couple has filed a complaint against the agency with the Swedish Equality Ombudsman (Diskrimineringsombudsmannen - DO).

“We have shared parental leave equally and thus hoped to receive the gender equity bonus,” the women wrote in a complaint they sent to DO on March 1st, 2011.

The gender equity bonus is designed to encourage parents to share parental days more equally. Parents who share the same number of days can receive a maximum bonus of 13,500 kronor ($2,150) in the form of a tax rebate.

According to the letter, the couple had a daughter in May 2009 after one of the women was inseminated in Denmark in 2008.

In February 2009, they applied for proof of parenthood so that the adoption application could go through as quickly as possible. But the adoption process dragged on and was not approved until February 2010.

The biological mother of the child took maternity leave from May to January of 2009. Her partner took over from February to September 2010. They then shared parental leave together during the rest of the autumn.

"We believe we've been discriminated against because we have the paperwork proving we've had a child together, gone through with the process of proving parenthood (already before the child was born), and applied for adoption as soon as possible (in other words when the child was born)," the couple wrote in their complaint.

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The couple said the Social Insurance Agency provided inadequate information and that "they didn't really seem to know what applied".

Gabriel Stein (gobzee@gmail.com)

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Your comments about this article

13:12 April 2, 2011 by Nemesis
Yup, this is discrimination.

They should be compensated and the people who did the disciminating should be fired.
16:58 April 2, 2011 by muscle
:) man you guys, the sweds i mean, have realllllllllly got some issues which we never even dreamed of :P
17:49 April 2, 2011 by byke
I wonder if they fought over who should lick the stamp.
18:46 April 3, 2011 by Rebel
Heck, most Swedish men have balls only in the physiological sense. No wonder so many women become lesbian.
07:17 April 5, 2011 by mikewhite
"become lesbian" - no doubt you can change them "back".
22:40 April 8, 2011 by jimthat
with all of the problems with lesbians we most remember that they dont make love normally , therein cant have sons normally , and are because of that in the way of geneticall suicide ( not reproducing themselves ) so they should be extinct in about 1 or 2 generations
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