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European ruling bans sex discrimination by insurance firms


European ruling bans sex discrimination by insurance firms

A landmark ruling by the European Court of Justice means that insurance companies can not discriminate on the basis of sex when calculating premiums.

Insurance firms had an opt-out of a gender discrimination directive due to the wide use of sex in deciding premiums but the UK must now implement the policy into law by December 21 2012 at the latest.

In today’s judgement the Court points out that the European Union aims to eliminate inequalities and to promote equality between men and women.



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