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Case C-13/05 Sonia Chacon Navas

[2006] ECR I-6467

Case summary last updated at 14/02/2020 15:55 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case Case C-13/05 Sonia Chacon Navas

An employee had been off work ill for 8 months. A directive prohibited discrimination based on disability. The ECJ held that this did not cover sickness, and nor did the general principle of non-discrimination. 
Geelhoed AG: He noted the potentially far-reaching economic and financial consequences of claims to equal treatment based on the *175 prohibitions set out in art.13 EC. The interpretation of measures based on art.13 EC must not be stretched by relying on the words “[w]ithin the limits of the powers conferred by [the Treaty] upon the Community” in that article, and still less by relying on the general policy of equality. Therefore he recommended a more restrained approach than in Mangold. 

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