Austrian man who sued over gender discrimination to get €300,000 payout

An Austrian official is to receive more than €300,000 ($370,000) for being unfairly passed over for promotion because of his gender, Austrian media reported on Tuesday.

Peter Franzmayr sued for discrimination after failing to get an internal promotion in the transport ministry in 2011, with the job going instead to the then-head of the rail regulator, Ursula Zechner.

The Federal Administrative Court agreed with him, ruling in February that there was a “discernible pattern, according to which [Zechner] was treated more favourably than the other candidates from the beginning”.