Firm Fires Only Women

Italian firm’s women-only job cull

An engineering firm in northern Italy has sparked controversy after making almost half its workforce redundant – and selecting only women. A union official quoted the company as having reported to the small businesses association: “We are firing the women so they can stay at home and look after the children. In any case, what they bring in is a second income.”

There is so much wrong with this, that I can only sputter in rage at the moment. I really had no idea how backwards Italy was. I shouldn’t be surprised given the juxtaposition with the Pope and Catholicism’s patriarchy, but I’m appalled. Don’t they have discrimination laws? If they said that here, they would have a serious lawsuit. We may have some serious problems with our religious nutters here, but at least there is legislation to protect women from this sort of thing.

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3 Responses to “Firm Fires Only Women”

  1. You should do some reading on Berlusconi, their prime minister. Think of it as Playboy does politics…

    I can’t read that statement from the company without mentally picturing a pat on the head and a “There, there deary. Don’t worry your pretty little head…” It’s like stepping back 50 years.

  2. Ugh, maybe I’d better not do some reading on him.

    I thought it was a joke! I thought, “Surely its satire, people just don’t say that shit anymore.”

  3. Nice work again…

    I am usually just an observer when it comes to blogs, but this actually made me want to leave a comment. Great work!…

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