On the occasion of International Working Women's Day, we would like to present the provisions concerning women in Turkish Labor Legislation briefly to your attention. Subject of this first part will be the “Principle of Equal Treatment” and “Protective Provisions” concerning female employees.
PRINCIPLE OF EQUAL TREATMENT
Turkey is a party to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly that defines the discrimination and the actions to be taken to end it.
Also, Article 10 of Constitution of the Republic of Turkey sets forth the principle Equality before the Law;
"All individuals are equal without any discrimination before the law, irrespective of language, race, color, sex, political opinion, philosophical belief, religion and sect, or any such considerations. Men and women have equal rights and the State is responsible to implement these rights…"
Equal treatment in employment and occupation is arranged in Article 5 of Labor Law No. 4857 which stipulates the employer’s obligation of equal treatment to employees regardless of their gender.