A 33-year old woman alleged that her employers asked her to have an abortion in order to keep her job and later on they threatened that she would not receive salaries owed unless she quit her job before giving birth.
According to iefimerida.gr, the woman filed an official complaint with the labor inspectorate of Greece, according to which her employers had threatened that they would use violence against her unless she had an abortion and that she was repeatedly swore at by her bosses.
The woman claims that the construction company Pantheon AKTEE of Iraklio, Crete, owes her five monthly salaries along with Christmas, Easter and other bonuses. She says that even though she is a certified engineer and works as an engineer, she was hired as an office clerk and receives a clerk’s salary under a European Union subsidization program, meaning that her salary was subsidized and her employers only had to pay her insurance contributions.
According to the woman, her bosses asked her to resign a few days before birth in order to pay her the salaries they owed her. Cretan news agency candianews reported that the labor inspectorate have called the company asking for a Friday meeting, as the woman is scheduled to give birth on Monday.
Several Iraklio unions and organizations have expressed their support to the woman. The Salaried Engineers Union released a statement denouncing the construction company. In the statement issued, They accuse the company for racist and sexist behavior and blackmail. They also accuse the company for breach of labor laws and say that the woman had a work-related accident for which she was never compensated and that she never received overtime even though she was working more hours than those stated in her contract.