Nimz v Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg

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Nimz v Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg
Court European Court of Justice
Citation(s) (1991) C-184/89, [1991] ECR I-297
Objective justification

Nimz v Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg (1991) C-184/89 is an EU labour law case, which held that a justification that part-time employees could be paid less, since full-time employees could acquire skills quicker, was doubtful.


Helga Nimz worked part-time (under three quarters of full-time). She was paid less. The town council argued that full-time employees acquire ability and skill faster and should therefore be paid more.


ECJ held that it was unlikely that the justifications offered by the Hamburg council could be valid.

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