Hungarian top court annuls labor code passage

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The Constitutional Court of Hungary decided to throw out stipulations in the country’s labor code which had restricted the protection and privacy of pregnant women.

The top court considered the passage, stipulating the ban on dismissing pregnant women only if they had informed their employer, to be against the constitution.

Pregnancy is within a person's realm of privacy, and making it mandatory for employees to share such information with anyone at their workplace is interfering with and violating their private sphere. The Constitutional Court established its procedure on the request of the ombudsman.

The top court confirmed its decision by saying that the annulled legislation would violate the privacy and human dignity of young mothers.

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