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According to Russian employment legislation, unjustified refusal may lead to criminal liability for the employer. The press centre of Investigation Committee of the Prosecution Office (SKP) of the Russian Federation informed, two criminal cases had been initiated in connection with unjustified refusal to hire pregnant women.
The Limited Liability Company "Nata" refused to hire candidates who applied for the vacant position of manager upon recommendation of the State Employment Centre. The motive for refusal was pregnancy of candidates. The cases were initiated in the Vologodskiy region in connection with material elements of offence stipulated by article 145 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (unjustified refusal to hire).
Formal prosecution for such grounds is quite rare, so the cases are in the highlight of Russian media.