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Polygamous marriage

Spain grants a widow’s pension to be equally distributed among all spouses of a Moroccan deceased. The fact that it was a polygamous marriage is not against public order because Spain signed a bilateral agreement with Morocco acknowledging pensions that could be accrued under Moroccan legislation. Spanish Supreme Court 01/24/2018

Gipsy marriage

Widow married by the Gipsy ritual has no right to a widow’s pension because the marriage was not registered within the Official Partners Registry. In all official documents the couple appeared as single and the children as extramarital. There is no race discrimination because the law for the registration of partners is neutral on its face. Spanish Supreme Court 01/25/18

Video surveillance at the work place

The recent case from the European Court of Human Rights about video surveillance does not have an impact on the Spanish jurisprudence, as in this case there was a violation of the employees’ right to privacy because the installation of the cameras did not comply with the legal principle of proportionality because (i) the cameras were installed without having previous suspicions about a particular employee and (ii) the cameras were recording without a time limitation. Judgment of ECtHR, January 9, 2018

Extraordinary shifts while having a reduced working time?

Soldier is exempted from doing extraordinary shifts while having a reduced working time for the care of his child under 4 years old because the Army failed to produce any evidence of organizational grounds to deny such exemption. TSJCont. Murcia 21/10/2017

Unfair competition during employment?

Company can sue for damages before Spanish labor courts provided that the unfair competition activities started while the employment relationship existed (Judgment of the Supreme Court / May 12, 2017)


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Islamic headscarf at work

However, dismissing an employee based on the sole reason that a client did not want to work with her because she was wearing a headscarf IS discriminatory. Why? Because there is no genuine and determining occupational requirement (e.g. company’s policy prohibiting religious symbols when dealing with customers); it is merely a subjective consideration from one customer. ECJ 3/14/17 (

Islamic headscarf can be banned at work

Wearing an Islamic headscarf can be banned during working time as part of company’s policy prohibiting religious and political symbols provided that (i) there is a legitimate aim (image of neutrality towards customers) and (ii) the means of achieving that aim are appropriate and necessary, which is for the national court to decide. EJC 3/14/17

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