Polish EU lawmaker Janusz Korwin-Mikke on Thursday came under investigation by Parliamentarians on Thursday for making comments claiming that women “must earn less” because they were “weaker,” “smaller” and “less intelligent.”
The hate speech investigation, which could result in a penalty including a fine and a temporary suspension, was launched following comments Korwin-Mikke made during a plenary debate on gender pay gap Wednesday night.
“Of course women must earn less than men because they are weaker, they are smaller and they are less intelligent, they must earn less, that’s all,” Korwin-Mikke said.
EU lawmakers, who were visibly flabbergasted by the comments, called for sanctions against Korwin-Mikke, who is the chairman of a eurosceptic, conservative party in Poland but is not affiliated with any parliamentary party at the EU.
“Such statements clearly fly in the face of the fundamental principles of gender equality in this house,” said Gianni Pittella, leader of the parliament’s social democratic bloc.