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Gender equality: Liechtenstein brought to court for failure to implement Directive


The Authority today decided to bring a case before the EFTA Court regarding Liechtenstein's failure to implement the Equal Treatment Directive.[1] The Directive merges previous directives relating to equal opportunities and equal treatment of men and women in matters of employment.

should have implemented the Directive by 1 February 2009.

The Directive contains the general prohibition against discrimination on grounds of sex in relation to equal pay; equal treatment as regards access to employment, vocational training and promotion and working conditions; and occupational social security schemes.

The Directive also contains definitions of different concepts such as direct and indirect discrimination, harassment and sexual harassment. Furthermore, it contains provisions relating to remedies, the burden of proof, the promotion of equal treatment through equality bodies, gender mainstreaming, social dialogue and dialogue with NGOs.

Prior to this court referral, the Authority issued a letter of formal notice to the Liechtenstein authorities in June last year and thereafter delivered a final warning, a reasoned opinion, in December. As the Directive still has not been implemented into Liechtenstein law, the Authority has decided to bring the case to the EFTA Court.


For further information, please contact:

Mr. Xavier Lewis
Legal & Executive Affairs
Tel.: (+32)(0)2 286 1830

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