File Under: "Damned if you do..."

A Swedish woman has successfully sued Volvo over their refusal to hire her for a job on the assembly line. Volvo claims that people need to be of specific height due to safety concerns.

Not good enough, said the Swedish court:

The ruling said that while Volvo was not discriminating against women on purpose, in practice a quarter to a third of all women in Sweden would not qualify to work there.

The fine is incredibly small; but that's ok, since the real money comes when Volvo gets sued by assembly-line accident victims for not making sure the employees were safe enough.

One can start to see why people get so worked up over the distinction between intent and effect tests in things like Supreme Court nominees.


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