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Swedish town sued over pregnancy job snub

A city in western Sweden is facing a discrimination lawsuit for halting a woman's recruitment process after she told them she was pregnant.

Swedish town sued over pregnancy job snub

The woman had applied for a permanent position as an aid administrator with the city of Borås in western Sweden.

When she was called to come in for an interview she informed her potential employer that she was pregnant.

She was subsequently informed that she was no longer under consideration for the position but that she was welcome to apply for another job with the city after she was once again ready to enter the workforce.

The woman brought her case to Sweden’s Equality Ombudsman (Diskrimineringsombudsmannen, DO), which has filed a lawsuit against the city of Borås alleging gender discrimination and an abuse of Sweden’s parental leave laws.

“This kind of discrimination and unfair treatment has serious negative consequences both for individuals and for equality between men and women in society,” ombudsman Agneta Broberg said in a statement.

“Considering these laws has been in place since 2001, it’s remarkable that things like this are still happening to this extent.”

Between 2009 and 2012, the ombudsman received 393 workplace discrimination complaints related to pregnancy. Twenty-two of the cases have resulted in settlements, while three other lawsuits resulted in guilty verdicts.

In a lawsuit filed on Tuesday with the Labour Court (Arbetsdomstolen) in Stockholm, the ombudsman is seeking 75,000 kronor ($11,800) in damages for the woman.

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CRIME

Police in Sweden block Danish extremist’s new demo

Police in western Sweden have rejected an appeal by the Danish extremist Rasmus Paludan against a decision to deny him permission for a Koran-burning protest in Borås.

Police in Sweden block Danish extremist's new demo

“Rasmus Paludan has a rhetoric which is intended to create disorder and chaos,” Emelie Kullmyr, the police officer in charge of protecting this year’s General Election in Western Sweden, said in a press release.

“We have seen how the public has been exposed to serious danger and police officers have been injured. The task of the police is to ensure security and we will do that, but all positive forces need to be helped to maintain peace and order.” 

In the press release, the police emphasised the importance of the public’s right to demonstrate and express their opinions freely, but said that the right to hold public demonstrations could still be curtailed in “exceptional cases”. 

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Paludan, who aimed to hold the demonstration on April 29th, can now appeal the police’s decision at the local civil court in Borås. 

He has now applied to hold on May 1st rallies in Uppsala and Stockholm for his far-right party Stram Kurs, or “Hard Line”. 

Koran-burning demonstrations held over the Easter holidays in the cities of Norrköping, Linköping, Malmö, Örebro, and in the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby, led to the worst riots Sweden has seen in decades, with 100 police officers injured.

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