European Employment Law Update — women on boards: Spain

Equality between men and women was firmly addressed in Spain by a 2007 act on the effective equality between men and women, which incorporated European directives into national law.

The purpose of this law was to state principles of action for public bodies; the rights and obligations of entities and individuals, both public and private; and the specific measures to remove and avoid sex discrimination.

In the private sector, the act established, among other things, general procedures aimed at achieving effective equality of men and women within the organisations, including a provision on quotas of women on the board of directors of middle-sized and large Spanish companies…

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