Firm Fires Only Women
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.