Ukrainian Parliament approved amendment to Labour Code prohibiting discrimination at workplace

Nov 13, 2015 13:11 IST

Parliament of Ukraine on 12 November 2015 approved an amendment to the country’s Labour Code prohibiting all forms of discrimination at the workplace including discrimination against homosexuals.

The amendment to Labour Code was done in the form of Sexual Minorities Anti-Discrimination Bill that was passed by 234 votes as against the 226 minimum required in the 450-seat parliament.

The bill bans any discrimination at the workplace on the basis of age, health condition, race, political inclination, religion, family and property status, social and foreign origin, gender identity and sexual orientation.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko hailed parliament’s action as historic as it paves the way for Ukraine to join the European Union (EU) visa-free regime or Schengen Area.
Earlier in November 2015, with an aim to join Schengen Area the Ukrainian parliament also approved a set of other bills, in particular a crucial legislation enhancing the fight against corruption.

The bill banning discrimination of homosexuals at workplace was rejected on four previous attempts. The bill was viewed by some in parliament as a challenge to the country’s Orthodox Christian traditions.

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