Gender Discirmination

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USA: New Jersey judge dismisses hotel waitresses' gender discrimination claim

A group of 22 waitresses of the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City filed a law suit for gender discrimination. The hotel explicitly hires cocktail waitresses based on appearance and requires them to meet and maintain certain weight standards and wear short dresses while male servers are not held to the same standards. However, a New Jersey judge dismissed these claims and concluded that the plaintiffs knew what they were getting themselves into, and that the hotel had been clear about the fact that personal appearance was a key component of the job.

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UK: human rights group supports lesbian couple who were refused hotel accomodation

According to a press release by British human rights group "Liberty", a lesbian couple had booked accommodation at a Brighton hotel by telephone but when they arrived they were told by the manager that ‘no rooms were available’ and that the hotel only accepted ‘couples and families’. When they explained that they were in fact a couple, and had purposely booked a double room the manager alledgedly replied: “No two boys, no two girls. We don’t have any rooms”.

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UNWTO: tourism a vehicle for gender equality

According to a new World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)/UN Women report launched at the ITB tourism fair in Berlin, women make up an important percentage of the tourism workforce, but more work must be done to close the wealth and skills gap between men and women employed in tourism. Women are almost twice as likely to be employers in tourism as compared to others sectors.

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Austria: discounts for elderly people in public transport must not apply from different ages for men and women

The Austrian Constitutional Court (VfGH) held that terms and conditions in public transport with regard to granting discounts for elderly people must not refer to different ages for men and women. Such differentiation is discrimiatory and cannot be justified by the fact that the retirement ages of men and women are still different. A discount for women at an earlier age than for men can neither be justified as a kind of compensation for disadvantages women face throughout their working life. (VfGH Dec. 15, 2010, V 39/10, V 40/10).