"A 1991 employment law bans discrimination on the basis of sex; however, in practice employers have remained free to consider sex, age, or even attractiveness when making hiring decisions." That statement refers to the Czech Republic and is taken from a report on human rights in the Czech Republic published by the US State Department earlier this week. Olga Szantova reports.
Yes, the State Department report deals with human rights in the Czech Republic in the year 2000, and although it is more favorable than the report for 1999, it highlights some shortcomings, including the rights of women - for instance, sexual harassment. Nearly fifty percent of working women have been subjected to sexual harassment at work and the issue is only gradually receiving attention, the American report states. Women apparently just don't complain. And this also affects their other rights. Zdenka Hajna, who heads the largest Czech women's organization, says the main problem is a lack of self confidence amongst women.
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