German Court Rejects 'Gender-Sensitive' Bank Forms

German Court Rejects 'Gender-Sensitive' Bank Forms

BERLIN (AP) — A German federal court has rejected a customer’s demand for her bank to include the feminine form of words such as “account holder” on official forms.

The Federal Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that plaintiff Marlies Kraemer hadn’t suffered any discrimination under German law from her bank’s use of the “generic masculine” on forms, a common practice.

The German language adds a suffix to turn nouns into feminine form.

In the 1990s, Kraemer did without a passport until the feminine form of “holder” was added to the application form.

But courts have been unimpressed by her campaign for gender-sensitive bank forms.

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