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Minister of Interior Embroiled in Gender Equality Breach Case

The Equality Complaints Committee has ruled that Minister of the Interior Ögmundur Jónasson violated the rules on gender equality following the hiring of a man to the office of the district commissioner of Húsavík, Northeast Iceland last year, despite a female candidate being more qualified for the position. Ögmundur disagrees with the findings, reports.


The committee has called on the minister to apologize for the mistake. The case has been covered extensively in the Icelandic media over recent days.

According to professor of law at the University of Iceland Brynhildur Flóvenz, the government has repeatedly violated the law and accuses policymakers of not having properly adopted the laws.

In June, Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir was found guilty of violating the laws following the hiring of an office manager at the Prime Minister’s Office two years ago.

According to the verdict of the Reykjavík District Court, the Icelandic state was to pay Anna Kristín Ólafsdóttir ISK 500,000 (USD 4,000, EUR 3,100) in compensation.

Anna Kristín was among more than 20 applicants for the position. She was considered to be among the five most qualified applicants, four women and one man, but the man was hired.

Anna Kristín sued over the decision to the Equality Complaints Committee. The committee concluded last spring that the PM had violated the laws on equality.

Legislation on gender equality has been in force in Iceland for thirty-six years.


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