Gender Equality in Virtual Work I.: Risks

Kovacs, Erika (2018) Gender Equality in Virtual Work I.: Risks. Hungarian Labour Law E-Journal (1). pp. 90-102. ISSN 2064-6526


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This article focuses on gender equality in virtual work, taking special account of the regulatory challenges. It contributes to broader debates on the workers' situation in the sharing economy in two ways. Firstly, it makes an inaugural attempt to evaluate the implications of the new forms of work in the sharing economy for female virtual workers, looking at the issue of equal treatment. Secondly, it offers preliminary suggestions regarding a future regulation to improve equality between genders in virtual work. The paper is divided into four main parts. The first section defines "virtual work", classifies its two basic forms and emphasises the specific traits of this form of work to demonstrate the need of special protection against discrimination. Secondly, the paper identifies the possible beneficial and adverse implications of virtual work for female workers and gender equality. Thirdly, the paper provides a summary of the gender equality law of the European Union that serves as a point of reference when speaking about antidiscrimination law. Section 4 offers three normative perspectives and suggestions as to how to enhance gender equality in virtual work. Finally, the paper concludes. This first part of this two-part paper concentrates on the risks of virtual work for equal treatment, while the second part is going to address the regulatory options and suggestions.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Departments > Privatrecht
Version of the Document: Published
Depositing User: Gertraud Novotny
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2019 09:00
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2019 15:52
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