A city has reportedly been fined nearly $110,000 after placing too many women in senior positions and breaking the gender equality rules.
The incident takes place in France where the country’s capital, Paris, has been penalized after putting 11 women and 5 men in senior positions back in 2018. At the time, according to the government, one sex should receive no more than 60 nominations for positions in management.
After it came to light that senior management positions were not filled equally by both genders, Paris City Hall was accused of breaking national gender parity rules and fined nearly $110,000 by the government.
After being slapped with the fine, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo mocked the “unfair” and “dangerous” penalty as she said she was happy to receive it.
“I am happy to announce that we have been fined. The management of the city hall has, all of a sudden, become far too feminist,” Hidalgo expressed.
The first female mayor of Paris went on to blast the penalty as she suggested that women throughout the country should be promoted rapidly “because the lag everywhere in France is still very great.”
“This fine is obviously absurd, unfair, irresponsible and dangerous,” Hidalgo said before adding that “to one day achieve parity, we must speed up the tempo and ensure that more women are appointed than men.”
After the story went viral, Public Service Minister Amelie de Montchalin confirmed that the fine the city had received was issued for the year 2018. She also added that the “absurd” rule has since already been revoked.
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