Legal Innovation Program
Gender Equality in the Workplace from a Legal Perspective: Current Situation and Issues of Japan’s Equal Employment Opportunity Act
DateJan./Feb. 2022
BibliographyJapan Labor Issues
AuthorNAKAKUBO Hiroya
Summary The Equal Employment Opportunity Act (EEOA), the cornerstone of Japan’s gender equality legislation revised in 2006, faces several challenges including wage discrimination, indirect discrimination on the grounds of sex, and disadvantageous treatment by reason of pregnancy and childbirth, etc. In the future, further strengthening of the EEOA should be considered, including stronger legal remedies for violations.