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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

The Long and Short of It - Will Change in Sweden Apparently

Or at least at the Volvo manufacturing plant following a Swedish Labor Court ruling that the company's height requirement (that employees must be between 5 feet 4 inches and 6 feet 5 inches) to work on its conveyor belt was "indirect gender discrimination." The AP story at the Business Week online site puts it, Volvo convicted of gender discrimination.

I am currently half-way through my annual September course for the University of Texas School of Law continuing legal education program, Essential Employment Law, and one of the areas that I discuss is the American equivalent theory of discrimination, known here as disparate impact. There have been fewer cases in recent years, so this is will be a good example of the doctrine's continuing relevance, even if it is overseas.

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