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The Austrian won compensation of 390 thousand dollars for the increase of a female colleague

Peter Franzmeier (right). Photos of Stadt Wels

In Austria, the court found the employee of the transport ministry Peter Franzmayr to be injured in the case of gender discrimination due to the fact that the higher position for which he claimed was received by a woman.

In 2011, Franzmeyer was not promoted to the Ministry of Transport, the woman received a boost from Ursula Zechner. The plaintiff claims that his qualification was rated 0.25% higher than Zenher.

The Federal Administrative Court ruled that “it is clear that from the very beginning Zenher was treated with greater preference than other candidates”. According to the decision, Frantzmaier will receive from the state about 390 thousand dollars – they include the difference in salary, which he could receive with an increase, as well as compensation for moral damage.

The Minister of Transport, Doris Bruce, who was acting at the time of the incident, claimed that everything was done in accordance with the law. According to her, all the candidates were evaluated by a special commission, but she admitted that the final decision was made because of the “large-scale shortage of women”.

Doris Bruce. Reuters photo

I hope that the current court decision will not call into question the principles of increasing women.

Doris Bruce
former Transport Minister

After completing the work in the ministry, Franzmeier worked for four years as a lawyer, and then became head of the city of Wells in 2016. Earlier in March, the current Minister of Transport Norbert Hover appointed him head of the oversight commission on the state of roads.

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