Germany's Glass Ceiling

Women managers are still rare in corporate Germany, but they are chipping away at the prevailing culture of old-boy preferment

Tatjana Breloh was a statistical rarity in Germany: a woman who had climbed to the top of her profession as managing director of Euro RSCG, a Dusseldorf ad agency. But in June 1997, Breloh, now 44, was fired. Her dismissal came a week after she received a $25,000 bonus for good work--and three days after informing the company that she was going to become a mother. "It was simple," she recalls. "I got pregnant, and I got fired."

Breloh sued, and her case is now wending its way through the German courts. Her employer has denied firing her because of the...

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