The European Court of Justice (ECJ) today ruled that “the automatic exclusion of a female worker from a training course because she has taken compulsory maternity leave constitutes unfavourable treatment contrary to EU law”.

In Italy, in 2009, Ms Napoli was successful in a competition for appointment as deputy commissioner in the prison service and she was admitted, on 5 December 2011, to the training course scheduled to start on 28December 2011. However, Ms Napoli gave birth on 7 December 20...

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