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Pregnant workers gain protection under EU ruling

June 19, 2014

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — A top European court has ruled that a Frenchwoman who stopped working at her job in Britain during pregnancy was entitled to income support.

According to the Court of Justice of the European Union ruling Thursday some migrants who leave their jobs in the bloc’s open labor market are still entitled to the same benefits as workers in their host country. It applies to cases of vocational training, involuntary unemployment or temporary inability to work — as in the case of the Frenchwoman, Jessy Saint Prix, who resumed her job in nursery schools three months after giving birth.

Without benefits and protections, the court said, Europeans would be afraid to seek economic opportunities in other EU member states as was envisioned when the union was created.

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