Romani Woman Wins Racial Discrimination Case in Employment

Renata Kotlaravá, a Romani woman, was awarded 50,000 Czech crowns (approximately 1650 Euro) and received a written apology from Rossman, a German owned drugstore chain, for racial discrimination after Rossman withdrew its appeal against an earlier verdict by Prague's High Court ruling in favour of Ms Kotlaravá in April 2004, reported the online news magazine on March 21, 2005. Ms. Kotlaravá applied for a job with the drugstore chain but was rejected without being interviewed. Ms. Kotlaravá approached the Prague based Counselling Centre for Citizenship and Human Rights who assisted her with her claim; the organisation sent one of its members (a non-Romani person) to the Rossman shop where they were granted an interview although they held the same qualifications as Ms. Kotlaravá.


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