Lara Lugli, during a match. AS
newspaper A volleyball club from the Italian city of Pordenone (in the northeast of the country) has sued a former player, Lara Lugli, for damages for becoming pregnant. In addition, he refuses to pay him a month's salary, February 2019, the last he played before the team terminated his contract.
Lugli communicated his pregnancy to Pordenone in March 2019, when he was competing in Serie B1 ( the second division of volleyball in Italy. And she was fired. This was explained by herself on social networks. The athlete, currently 41, asked the club to pay her salary for the month of February of that year, in which she had played and that she had not yet been paid. It was after that request, and after suffering an abortion in April 2019, when the club, instead of paying her, sued her because "at the time of signing the contract she was already 38 years old" and, In her opinion, she should report her “possible desire to get pregnant.”
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Lugli explained that the club, which accuses her of hiding her intention to have children at the time of signing the contract and therefore of "Having violated contractual good faith", he claimed damages because after his departure, Pordenone "had collapsed in the championship". His contract expired in the event of "proven pregnancy" and for that reason the club claims compensation, according to the National Athletes Association (Assist), dedicated to defending the rights of athletes of different disciplines.
"Even if it is not a world-famous player, this cannot be a precedent for future athletes who find themselves in this situation because a pregnant woman cannot harm anyone and should not compensate anyone, ”he claimed.
His case has generated controversy in the country and The Assist will request the intervention of the Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, and the president of the National Olympic Committee (CONI), Giovanni Malagó, in the "shameful situation" in which Italian athletes find themselves.
For its part, the deputy of the Democratic Party and former president of the Lower House, Laura Boldrini, advanced that she will present a parliamentary inquiry on this case. "In Italy there is very little to celebrate and much to fight for parity," he said on social networks, referring to March 8, held just two days ago.