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Sick man defence barred

In Webb v EMO Air Cargo (UK) Ltd (14 July 1994) EOR57A, the European Court of Justice rules that it is contrary to the Equal Treatment Directive to dismiss a woman employed for an unlimited term who, shortly after her recruitment is found to be pregnant, notwithstanding that she was recruited initially to replace another employee during the latter's maternity leave and even though the employer would have dismissed a male employee engaged for this purpose who required leave of absence at the relevant time for medical or other reasons.