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Frenchman defends his legal right not to be ‘fun’ – RT World News

The man was fired from a Paris consultancy in 2015 for refusing “to participate in various excesses”

A French court has determined that an employee cannot be fired simply because they do not want to have fun and are reluctant to participate in team building activities which include “excessive alcoholism” and “promiscuity.”

The judgment was handed down by the Paris Court of Cassation on November 9, but was only made public this week. The legal battle involved an anonymous employee known as Mr T and Cubik Partners, a management consultancy and training company that promotes its “fun and professional” approach and promise to “make management more human” according to its website.

The plaintiff was hired in 2011 and promoted three years later. Despite this, Mr. T apparently struggled to embrace the corporate culture, as Cubik Partners fired him in 2015 for “professional incompetence” saying he failed to cultivate the party atmosphere of the company.

This included participating “in seminars and weekend aperitifs frequently resulting in excessive alcohol consumption, encouraged by the associates who made available very large quantities of alcohol”, according to the court decision.

The “fun events” also translated into “humiliating and intrusive privacy practices”, including simulated sex acts, having to share a bed with a colleague at seminars, using nicknames to refer to people, and hanging distorted and made-up photos in offices.

However, Mr. T argued that he was entitled to “Refuse company policy based on incitement to participate in various excesses.” The court supported his line of thinking, saying the company’s practices violated its “fundamental right to dignity and respect for privacy”, and that he exercised his “freedom of expression.”

As a result, the Court of Cassation determined that the company should pay €3,000 ($3,100) to the plaintiff, while a decision on whether he is entitled to a payment of €461,000 ($480,000 ) as damages will be returned later.

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