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What does EU LGBTQ+ rights ruling mean for self-employed workers?

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A European court has upheld the rights of self-employed LGBTQ+ workers across the EU in a ruling on a Polish case brought by a gay freelance TV editor who said he was wrongfully dismissed by the public broadcaster over his sexuality.

The ruling by the Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) last week said self-employed workers should have the same protections against workplace discrimination as permanent employees.

A Polish court hearing the editor’s demand for compensation went to the CJEU to seek clarification on whether Poland’s anti-discrimination act protects business-to business contractors, or if a company has broad freedom when deciding who to contract.

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