02 Jul '11, 2am

Italian Company Fires Women “So They Can Stay At Home” | Care2 Causes

Italian Company Fires Women “So They Can Stay At Home” | Care2 Causes

An Italian engineering firm is dealing with a downturn in sales in a way that is creative, albeit totally inappropriate. Faced with the need to downsize, the family-owned company, which manufactures electric fans and blowers for air conditioning and heating equipment, decided to fire 13 of its female employees , leaving a staff of 12 men and 5 women. The only people who were fired were women between the ages of 30 and 40. The company, with disturbing honesty, explained its decision thusly: “We are firing the women so they can stay at home and look after the children. In any case, what they bring in is a second income.” According to the Guardian , an Italian union called a strike in response to the sexist firings. But only one male employee attended. The decision – and the fact that the company’s male employees seemed not to find it outrageous – are both reflective of the s...

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