New equality law to introduce fines for discrimination

  • Firms could face penalties of up to 120,000 euros

Ministers at the Junta de Andalucía have approved a modification of the regional law to promote sexual equality to include fines for employers who discriminate against women.

The change, said María José Sánchez, regional minister for Equality and Social Policy, gave the authority “greater powers to act against discrimination, both in terms of penalties, as well as active policies”.

The modification envisages fines of 60,000 euros for advertising campaigns that use women's bodies for unrelated products, and 120,000 euros for sexist language.

As well as being fined, employers found to be discriminating against female employees could also risk losing government subsidies.