Socit Generale condemns on appeal to a heavy fine for union discrimination

Societe Generale was sentenced on Wednesday by the Paris Court of Appeal to pay 600,000 euros to a former employee and union representative on the grounds of discrimination suffered in his career development, AFP learned on Wednesday from his lawyer, confirming a release information.

I consider it a very good victory and that we finally have a decision worthy of the challenge, congratulated AFP master Xavier Sauvignet, from the 1948 cabinet.

Elected from the staff from 2001 and retired in 2019, his client had obtained damages of 5,000 euros in November 2020 on the decision of the Paris industrial tribunal, but had appealed.

This new condemnation comes to fully compensate the damage with dissuasive amounts for companies that would voluntarily hinder the career of staff delegates, adds Xavier Sauvignet.

Contact by AFP, Socit Generale takes note of the decision of the Court of Appeal and reserves the right to appeal in cassation.

BNP Paribas condemns in 2022

The daily Liberation recalls in an article in its paper edition on Wednesday that three judgments were rendered against the French bank for similar reasons.

Socit Generale would like to emphasize its commitment to constructive social dialogue for the approximately 1,000 union players present in the company.

Its competitor BNP Paribas was sentenced in 2022 to pay more than 2 million pounds in damages and interest to one of its London employees, Stacey Macken, who had sued the bank for wage discrimination.

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