Russia bans metro women drivers: report

3rd March 2009, Comments 0 comments

Russian top court upholds the city metro’s decision to deny a woman the position of a metro train driver on grounds of her sex.

MOSCOW – A Russian woman whose application to become a metro train driver was turned down on grounds of her sex has had a court challenge that she mounted rejected, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Anna Klevets, a 22-year-old law student from Saint Petersburg, mounted the case after being turned down for a train driver's job on the city's metro in November, the Vremya Novostei newspaper reported.

The job of metro driver is one of many posts from which women are banned in Russia, where job advertisements often feature gender and age restrictions.

Russia's high court on Monday upheld the decision to reject her application, Vremya Novostei said.

Metro officials had cited Soviet-era restrictions, but in fact the relevant restriction only came into force under former president Vladimir Putin's government in 2000, the paper said.

Noting that women work in other jobs in the metro, the paper said: "We recall that until the start of the 1980s, metro trains driven by members of the fairer sex were not unusual and the metro even had women's brigades."

"However it's already a long time since the metro employed women as drivers and now in Russia there is only one woman driver, Natalya Kornienko, who has driven a train on the capital's Sokolniky line for 30 years," the paper said.

AFP / Expatica

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