Greece ’s top administrative court ruled that the constitutional principle of gender equality is not violated by the fact that male teachers cannot be hired in the civil service if they have not completed their military service, while the same doesn’t apply for women.
The Greek Council of State judges rejected the request of a male teacher to cancel the revocation of his hiring in the civil service which happened because he didn’t supply a certificate confirming he had completed his military service.
The teacher appealed to the Administrative Courts, arguing that the constitutional principle of gender equality is being violated, as the requirement discriminates between men and women.
However, the Administrative Courts and later the Council of State, said that the requirement in question does not discriminate against specific individuals and that “it works in a general and impersonal way, based on objective criteria and includes all candidates who participate in the invitation for the position.”
The court also noted in its ruling that article 4 of the Constitution (that refers to equality) does not prevent the lawmaker from including this requirement in invitations to positions in the public sector, as they are legally required to fulfill their military service and thus distinguishing women.”