From Iceland — Central Bank Found Guilty Of Breaking Equality Law

Central Bank Found Guilty Of Breaking Equality Law

Published December 19, 2012

The Central Bank violated Iceland’s laws regarding the equal rights of men and women in the area of employment, a committee for the Ministry of Welfare found.
In April 2012, the Central Bank advertised that they were looking to hire a new expert in loan issues, Vísir reports. The woman who filed the charges against the Central Bank applied for the position, but a man was hired instead who she believed was not as qualified as she was.
The woman in question took her case to the Grievances Committee in Equal Rights Issues of the Ministry of Welfare. After examining her case, the committee found that she was at least as qualified as the man who was hired.
The Central Bank has hired far too few women for important positions, the committee said, and in this case passed up a qualified female candidate in order to hire a man. Because of this, the committee believes the Central Bank broke Icelandic law by not seeking to try and equalise the ratio of men and women in the workplace.

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