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    European Court Orders Turkey to Compensate Woman Fired on Gender Grounds

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    A Turkish citizen won a case against a state-run electricity company that fired her for being a woman and not completing military service. It took her ten years.

    MOSCOW, December 2 (Sputnik) - European Court of Human Rights held that Turkey has to pay 10,000 euros ($12,440) to a woman, who has been fired from a state-run electric company in 2004 "on grounds of gender" - the Court's press release said Tuesday.

    "The case concerned a dismissal from public sector employment - a State-run electricity company [TEDAS] - on grounds of gender. Ms [Emel] Boyraz, the applicant, had worked as a security officer for almost three years before being dismissed in March 2004 because she is not a man and had not completed military service," the European Court said.

    The Court decided that the "mere fact that security officers had to work on night shifts and in rural areas and had to use firearms and physical force... had not itself justified any difference between men and women."

    According to the document, the Court discovered that there was no reasons to think that Boyraz "failed to fulfill her duties."

    It took more than 10 years for Boyraz to seek justice as the initial lawsuit, she had advanced to the Ankara Administrative Court was dismissed on 2006. The higher level of Ankara's Court jurisdiction dismissed the application in September 2008. In December 2008 she had lodged an application to the European Court of Human Rights, where it remained pending before a chamber of seven judges until 2014. The chamber made a decision in the woman's favor on December 2.


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