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Bulgaria: Penalty For Getting Pregnant

Categories: Eastern & Central Europe, Bulgaria, Economics & Business, Health, Human Rights, Labor, Law, Women & Gender

The blog “Работнически глас” (“Worker's voice”) tells [1] [bg] about a trial scheduled for May 26: a former female employee is suing a company for a discriminatory clause in the work contract, which stated that any female employee who gets pregnant after being hired will have to pay a fine (700 lv, around 350 euros: nearly double the average salary in Bulgaria). In her lawsuit, the employee argues that this clause constitutes a discrimination based on sex. It is still unclear how such a contract could have been approved by the official labor administration.