Austria’s Social Democrats will in future probably think twice before they give their back-up to any new anti-discrimination measures. The country’s Federal Administrative Court has condemned the State to pay more than 300.000 Euro in damages to a man who had unsuccessfully applied for a Director post in the Federal Ministry of Infrastructure. Although according to an objective evaluation he had been (by a very narrow margin) the best qualified among the applicant, the job was given to a female colleague thanks to the insistence of the minister at the time, a Socialist named Mrs. Doris Bures, who is known for radical feminist positions.
Mrs. Bures’s successor as Minister, Mr. Norbert Hofer, considers that it is not the State who should be held responsible for Mrs. Bures’s actions, and is examining possible legal action to recover the damage payment from her.
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