Judgment of the Court of Justice, Defrenne, Case 149/77 (15 June 1978)

In this case, the Court of Justice is called upon to rule on the scope of Article 119 of the EEC Treaty (now Article 141 of the EC Treaty) which provides that men and women should receive equal pay. Even though Article 119 is limited to the problem of pay discrimination between men and women workers, and even though the Court refuses to extend the scope of that Article to other conditions of employment, it nonetheless recognises in its judgment that the elimination of discrimination based on the sex of workers forms part of the general principles of Community law. As that principle forms part of the Community legal system, it may subsequently take the form of precise rules of law, which are directly applicable and which will guarantee the effective equality of men and women workers.

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Source: Reports of Cases before the Court. 1978. [s.l.].

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