The Kalanke Ruling: Gender Equality in the European Labor Market

Donahue, Ann | January 1, 1998

Part I of this note describes the facts that lead up to the ruling in Ka- lanke v. Freie Hansesetadt Bremen and critiques the decision of the ECJ. Since the Court’s reasoning lacks depth and precedence, Part II examines the opinion of the Advocate General to explain the possible reasoning be- hind the decision. Part III scrutinizes the degree of cohesiveness between the Kalanke ruling and subsequent decisions by the ECJ. Part IV follows the reactions of the European market to Kalanke. Part V examines propos- als to minimize the effects of the decision. Finally, the note proposes statutory language designed to remedy the situation created by Kalanke.