Spanish court allows working mum to set own hours

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A mother is finally allowed to set her own working hours after a two-year-battle in court with her employer.

8 August 2008

MADRID - A woman's two-year battle to balance her job with caring for her daughter has ended in a Madrid court telling her employer, the Alcampo supermarket chain, to let her set her own working hours.

The woman, who spoke on the condition that her identity not be disclosed, said the ruling will finally allow her "to be a mother".

After returning from maternity leave to the job she had held for 17 years behind the checkout at the Alcampo supermarket in Getafe, a suburb south of Madrid, the woman asked to work a fixed morning shift in order to care for her daughter.

Instead, managers cut her hours and her salary but continued to make her work alternative morning and afternoon shifts.

Rather than resign, the woman took Alcampo to court, citing labour legislation that grants mothers of infant children more leeway in setting their own hours.

[El Pais / Roberto Tamayo / Expatica]

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