Ypourgos Esoterikon and anor v Kalliri [2017]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
    ECJ C-409/16
  • Legal Body
    Court of Justice EU (CJEU/ECJ)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Discrimination and Equality, Policies and Procedures
Issues covered: Equal Treatment Directive ; Sex Discrimination; Height Requirement; Police Officers; Objective Justification; Disproportionate

The CJEU has ruled that a minimum height requirement of 1.7m (without shoes) to join the Greek police force could not be objectively justified. Ms Kalliri is 1.68m tall. Her application to join the police force schools in Greece was rejected because she failed to reach the minimum height requirement. She appealed and the case was referred to the ECJ.

The Court found that the requirement "... works to the disadvantage of a far greater number of women compared with men and that law does not appear to be either appropriate or necessary to achieve the legitimate objective that it pursues..."

The Greek Government submitted that the aim of the law at issue in the main proceedings was to enable

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This article is correct at 26/10/2017

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