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).

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