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2020/33 The concept of ‘maternity’ does not include, and therefore does not protect, mothers regarding discrimination related to ‘childcare’ (BE)

Keywords Gender Discrimination, Other Forms of Discrimination
Authors Gautier Busschaert
Author's information

383149 Gautier Busschaert
Gautier Busschaert is an attorney-at-law at Van Olmen & Wynant, Brussels.
  • Abstract

      The Brussels Labour Court of Appeal, in a judgment of 10 September 2019, has ruled that the notion of ‘maternity’ contained in the Belgian Gender Act does not go as far as protecting mothers against discrimination with regards to childcare, since this would confirm a patriarchal role pattern. However, a recent legislative change introducing ‘paternity’ as a protected ground might cast doubt on the relevance of this ruling for the future.

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