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Twenty rooms in Denmark’s Bella Sky Hotel are illegal

For the Bella Sky Hotel in Copenhagen to have 20 rooms exclusively reserved for women on the 17th floor is in breach of the country’s Equality Act, the High Court ruled today.

The ruling appears to have settled a long-running dispute between the Danish Board of Equal Treatment and the hotel. A decision in March 2012 had already ruled in favour of the board, but the hotel felt that the board had made a wrong decision and refused to close the women’s floor.

“Since then, there have been decisions in matters of fitness centres, with offices reserved for women, and travel agencies that sold trips for women only,” said attorney Julie Arnth Jorgensen, representing Bella Sky in the case.

Equality Board Chairman Tuk Bagger had said previously that the case cannot be compared to the above-mentioned gender issues.

“The rules are not so square. In comparison, the gyms are expressly exceptions when it comes to people’s modesty. As for the trips, it was a mixture of modesty in the dorms and the opportunity to make contact with women in monasteries on the trips. So specific projects legitimize it,” he said.

EPN.dk / Ritzau

[pictured: Bella Sky Hotel; courtesy Bella Sky Hotel]

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