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Women made redundant so "they can stay at home and look after the children"

BY Gerry O'Hare
Employment Law & HR
BG Purple

An Italian engineering firm has provoked outrage by openly acknowledging that during a recent redundancy procedure the roles selected for redundancy were only those belonging to women.

Out of a total of 12 male employees and 18 female employees, 13 of the females were made redundant. Without any attempt to disguise the HR, the bosses of the firm are reported to have made a statement saying that the women were made redundant so that they could stay at home and look after their children because after all, the income they brought into the family was a second income to that of the men in their households.  

A final insult was added to the women’s injury by the remaining male employees of the firm, when all but one of them ignored the strike that was held in protest against the firm’s decision. 

Perhaps the most surprising element of this story is the fact that a firm with such views took on female employees in the first place.

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