French man wins right not to be ‘fun’ at work in case of unfair dismissal

French man wins right not to be 'fun' at work in case of unfair dismissal
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the tallest in france court has ruled that a man fired by a Paris-based consulting firm for allegedly not being “fun” enough at work was unfairly sacked.

The man, referred to in court documents as Mr T, was fired from Cubik Partners in 2015 after refusing to participate in seminars and weekend social events that his lawyers argued, according to court documentsit included “excessive alcoholism” and “promiscuity”.

Mister. T had argued that the “fun” culture at the company involved “intrusive and humiliating practices” including simulated sexual acts, vulgar name calling, and forcing him to share his bed with another employee during work functions.

In its ruling this month, the Court of Cassation ruled that the man had the right to “freedom of expression” and that refusing to participate in social activities was a “fundamental freedom” under labor and human rights laws, and not a reason for his dismissal.

According to court documents, the man was hired by Cubik Partners as a senior consultant in February 2011 and promoted to director in February 2014. He was fired for “professional incompetence” in March 2015 for allegedly not adhering to the company’s co-existence values. business.

The company also criticized his “brittle and demotivating tone” towards his subordinates, and his alleged inability to accept different comments and points of view.

Cubik Partners did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Washington Post.

PwC UK event ends in coma and lawsuit

It’s not the first time a company’s drinking culture has been seen under the microscope in court proceedings. A series of recent incidents have highlighted the entrenchment of alcohol in white-collar professional culture, even after the The #MeToo movement shone a spotlight on misconduct in the workplace worldwide. Some companies have introduced “alcoholic beverage sides” at company events in the hope of avoiding such problems.

An auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers in England is suing the company for serious injuries he suffered at a work event that “made a competitive virtue” of “excessive” alcohol consumption, in a lawsuit filed in London’s High Court. this year. Michael Brockie slipped into a coma and had part of his skull removed after taking part in the company’s event, The Post reported.

March, insurance market Lloyd’s of London fined member firm Atrium Underwriters a record £1 million (about $1.2 million) for “serious misconduct”, including a “boys’ outing” in which employees, including two senior executives, “participated engaged in inappropriate initiation games and drank to excess, and made sexual comments about female colleagues,” The Guardian reported at the time.

France is among the most liberal countries in the world in terms of alcohol consumption. The legal minimum age for consuming alcohol in public is 18, but there is no regulation of drinking in private.

Taylor Telford contributed to this report.

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