Philippine Senate passes bill protecting women against workplace discrimination

Posted By on March 13, 2012

MANILA, March 13 (PNA) — The Senate approved on Tuesday on third and final reading a bill that seeks to end discrimination against women in the workplace.

Senate Bill No. 429, otherwise known as “an Act expanding the prohibited acts of discrimination against women on account of sex, gender, age, race, ethnic origin, religion or beliefs, disability or other status,” was adopted with 11 affirmative votes, zero negative votes and zero abstention.

Senate President Pro-Tempore Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada, principal author of the bill, said the measure aims to ensure gender equality in the workplace by penalizing employers or executives who prefer hiring male employees, or favor a male employee over a female employee with respect to the dismissal of personnel, promotion, or the grant of other benefits.

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile lauded the passage of SBN 429, noting its timeliness as the world celebrates Women’s Month this March.

“The Senate has passed a number of bills on gender balance and equality, but this is the first time that we have approved a measure that specifically calls to task employers and executives who insist on hiring employees based on gender, not their skills.” Enrile said, adding “this newest measure shows our resolve to protect women in the workplace.” [full story…]