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Faroese company convicted of sexism

The Faroese Court yesterday sentenced a store in Argir with a DKK 1,000 fine plus legal costs for breaching the Sex Discrimination Act 1994. The private limited company was sentenced for posting a job advert which specified ‘man’, rather than ‘employee’, for a position in its warehouse.

The Faroese Court yesterday sentenced a store in Argir with a DKK 1,000 fine plus legal costs for breaching the Sex Discrimination Act 1994, reports Kvf.fo.

The store’s management was taken to court after the Equal Status Council reported a job advert specifying that a warehouse-based position was suitable for men only.

The private limited company was sentenced for posting a job advert which specified ‘man’, rather than ‘employee’, for a position in its warehouse.

The prosecution argued that instead of specifying ‘a man’ in the job advert, the company should have written ‘a physically strong person’, writes Kvf.fo.

It was decided in court today that the management’s misunderstanding of the wording of the Sex Discrimination Act counted as a mitigating factor, and the company was subsequently fined DKK 1,000 and ordered to pay the legal costs.

Another mitigating factor was that the Equal Status Council lacks clear guidelines on how the relevant section of the Sex Discrimination Act should be interpreted, adds Kvf.fo.

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